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Viña Quintay Q Gran Reserve Syrah 2011

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An exemplary smooth, complex and elegant Syrah (Shiraz) of deep and purple reds. it has intense aromas, spicy, very complex and with clear notes of red, black and wild fruits. It also suggests subtle notes of violets and laurel. On the palate the balance is perfect; the acidity characteristic of the Casablanca Valley is accompanied by the concentrated, fruity and sweet presence of the tannins, mastered through its time in French oak barrels. 

Food Matching: A powerful wine to enjoy with robust dishes, especially casseroles and meat dishes.

Grape Variety100% Syrah (Shiraz) 

Region: Casablanca Valley, Chile
VineyardEstate owned vineyards in Casablanca Valley 
Age of the Vineyard: 8 years
Time of Harvest: 12 - 23 May
Altitude: 150m     

Harvest Method: Hand harvest
Viticulture & Winemaking: Harvested by hand in small 12kg baskets. Grapes are kept in a refrigerated chamber for 24 hours to drop to approximately 3°C. Only grapes in perfect condition are then used in the winemaking process. The berries are put in the tank and they are kept cold for 7 days then in the fermentation process the temperatures are raised to 28-30°C for about 15 days. The vinification is traditional and in enclosed tanks, with tastings being carried out twice a day. Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, all the wine is transferred to French oak barrels. With every drop from the fermented pressed grapes drained, the barrel is then shut and left to rest between 6 and 24 hours. After that the barrel is reopened to drain the ultimate press, which is the most concentrated part as it comes from the bottom of the tanks where the skin settles. During the next 4 months the malolactic fermentation is done and it is stirred weekly in order to raise its lees and keep them suspended, with the objective to give the wine more body until the final blend 12 months later.
Oak Treatment: 100% of the wine spends 16 months in French oak barrels.
Winemaker: Vicente Johnson 

Alcohol: 14% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual sugar: 2.42 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 8.3
Best Served: 16°
Cellaring:  Ready to drink now and will develop over a few years in bottle.