Sub-region: Curicó Valley
Soil: Rocky loam/clay
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.
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.
This Syrah is made starting with grapes from parcels in the Requingua estate’s Los Riscos sector, characterized by deep, rocky loam with clay.
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.
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.