In January, Cono Sur launched a new variety for its 20 Barrels Limited Edition range: a Syrah, a red variety that comes to complete the catalog of wines in this Ultra Premium range. 20 Barrels Limited Edition was created in 1996 from the selection of the top 20 Pinot Noir premium barrels produced during that year. Pinot Noir was followed by Cabernet Sauvignon in 1997, Merlot in 1998, Chardonnay in 2002, Sauvignon Blanc in 2005, and now this 2008 vintage Syrah.
More about Syrah
Known as one of the "new varieties”, the fact is that it is native from the Middle East and was discovered more than 3,000 years ago. For some time, it has become one of the major varieties in France, and little by little has been transplanted in different parts of the world, with Chile being one of the countries with the best terroirs for its production.
In the beginning, it was grown mainly in the Central Valley, due to the benefits brought by the hot, sunny, and dry seasons to the development of the vines. Today, winemakers have decided to try growing it in remote areas of Santiago, both north and south.
This is the case of Cono Sur Winery, who chose to plant new vines of this new Syrah in Limarí Valley. A mineral soil that gives an extraordinary freshness and acidity due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the influence of the sea breeze, and low rainfall throughout the year. Because of this, Cono Sur Winery has succeeded in producing a wine with a very particular and unique taste, marked by touches of plums, blackberries and spices on the nose, and a round and voluptuous palate.