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Matetic Syrah 2017


Deep, dark violet in color, the Matetic Syrah has complex aromas that show the wine’s coastal origins. Elegant notes of pepper, wet earth, meat, spices, and chocolate combine with subtle violet notes. On the palate, the flavors are reminiscent of black fruit with iodized notes, and an intense, elegant finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for Matetic Syrah come from within the Rosario Valley, chosen from two blocks. One is characterized by soils that are almost flat, with a very deep, loamy granitic texture. The other block is 100% granite soil in a state of decomposition, with some quartzite rocks and volcanic silt. Only Biodynamic techniques are used in the handling of the soil’s fertility, through natural methods such as the use of specific plants cultivated between the rows of grapevines, bolstered by compost. This enables very good and deep root development with natural irrigation, or dry-farming, during a large part of the season.

The 2017 harvest was marked by medium to low yields which contributed to wines with good concentration. Summer was warm, but the temperatures dropped in March, achieving very good phenolic ripening and a delicately balanced acidity. Harvest took place during the last days of April with very healthy grapes. They were hand-harvested into 10 kg-containers according to the Biodynamic calendar. Once at the cellar, they were cooled, then underwent a cold maceration for 10 days, followed by fermentation with natural yeasts. Just 50% of the grapes are destemmed, while the other half remained in whole clusters, adding additional texture and complexity. Various punch-downs and pump-overs of the cap were used for an elegant extraction of color, aromas, and flavors. The wine remained in French oak barrels for 22 months, before being racked and bottled, unfiltered. The bottled wine then aged in the cellar for 3 years.

Serving Hints
Decanting is recommended. Matetic Syrah pairs well with all types of red meats and aged cheeses with intense flavors and textures.

Producer: Matetic Vineyards
Country: Chile
Region: San Antonio Valley
Wine Composition: 100% Organic Syrah
Residual Sugar: 1.92 g/l
pH: 3.6
Totaly Acidity: 4.8 g/l
Alcohol: 14.5%

Press Highlights

2017: 94 Pts - James Suckling, Jun 2021
2017: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2021
2015: 95 Pts - James Suckling, May 2017
2014: 95 Pts - James Suckling, March 2018
2012: 97 Pts - James Suckling, May 2016
2012: 93 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2018
2012: 93 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb 2017
2011: 95 Pts - James Suckling, July 2015
2010: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, Mar. 2015
2009: 92 Pts - Vinous, June 2015
2009: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2012
2009: 92 Pts - Wine & Spirits, June 2013
2009: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2013
2008: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, Sept. 2011
2008: 92 Pts - Int'l Wine Cellar, May/June 2011
2008: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Feb. 2012
2008: 91 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2012
2008: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2011
2007: 92 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2011
2007: 93 Pts - 'Editor's Choice' Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2010
2007: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, Nov. 2010
2006: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, Nov. 2009

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