Elqui Syrah 2018

Tasting Notes

Winery: Elqui
Varietal: Shiraz
SKU: ELQSYR2018 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Elqui Syrah 2018



91 pts James Suckling March 2024
Rich cassis, sweet black fruit, black chocolate and a touch of spice. Flavorful and generous with medium to full body and a smooth finish. Saline fruits with fine-grained tannins. Drink now.

Winemaker Notes

This single vineyard Syrah is sourced from Maiten Vineyard – A rocky, sandy ancient riverbed sitting 25 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Most of Maiten Vineyard is planted to Carmenere, but Steffan Jorgensen has a 7 acre plateau planted to Syrah, which is the source of fruit for this wine. This plateau sits right in the path of the wind, which drives the chill factor during the night and really slows ripening.

Soil here is similar to that in the basin only rockier – Grapes are just about the only thing able to grow successfully. The idea was to prune these vines to just one cluster per shoot, but the poor conditions create that situation on their own!

Most of the site is planted to the seldom-found clone 100, which offers up massive umami components – Think mushrooms and aged meat, or just smell a glass of this stuff! Most Chilean wineries plant/use clone 174 which is forward/fruity and a completely different thing altogether.

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