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Syrah

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Estate: Requingua
Sub-region: Curicó Valley
Soil: Rocky loam/clay

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Age of vines: 8 years
Vine management system: Trellis
Density: 3,330 plantas/Hectare (1,350 plants/acre)
Yield: 12 tons/hectare (4.9 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method: Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, mid-April.

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Warm temperate climate with a Mediterranean rainfall regime and a wide range between daytime and nighttime temperatures, resulting from the proximity of the Pacific Ocean (80 kilometers, or 50 miles) and the Andes mountains (60 kilometers, or 37 miles).

Requingua – Corner of the Winds in the indigenous Mapudungun language – receives coastal breezes during the afternoon that help keep summer temperatures moderate. Annual precipitation averages about 600 millimeters, or 23.6 inches, concentrated in the winter months.

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This Syrah is made starting with grapes from parcels in the Requingua estate’s Los Riscos sector, characterized by deep, rocky loam with clay.

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Maceration: 15-18 days.
Extraction: Traditional pumping-over and punching.
Fermentation: Starts with active dry yeast (Bayanus)
Temperature: 25°-28° Celsius (77°-82° Fahrenheit)
Aging: Wine conserved over its lees in stainless steel tanks with micro-oxygenation and with French oak staves for 6 months. In addition, 15 percent of the wine is aged for 8 months in French and American oak barrels.

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Appearance: Deep ruby red with reddish violet highlights.
Nose: Intense nose of raspberry, black fruits, pepper and notes of toast.
In mouth: Round and harmonious, plentiful fruit, with a smoky finish.
Pairing recommendation: Pork loin with mustard sauce.

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