Chile’s most popular variety might be Cabernet Sauvignon, but the country is by no means a wine trick pony. In fact, with its numerous microclimates and innovative winemakers, the Andean country seems to have a terroir to suit almost any grape and one that particularly thrives is Syrah.
Viña Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Syrah 2015 is a fine example of modern, off-the-beaten-track Chile. It comes from a family-run, boutique producer in the highly regarded Maipo Valley that works sustainably and benefits from a combination of cool climate and coastal influence.
Bright ruby and generous in aromas, it offers a concentrated combination of ripe blackcurrants, black cherry, dark chocolate, pepper and vanilla. Its strong side becomes more evident on the palate, with a pleasant combination of toast and sweet spices marching along with moderate tannins. Oak is used sensibly, allowing the flavours to integrate without overpowering the fruit.
Viña Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Syrah 2015 is available at O’Briens Wine at €13.95 (on offer from €16.95).
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.