In the piece, Alistair Cooper offers a full review of the superb results that Chilean wineries have achieved with this variety: “Over the past decade I have tasted some beautiful offerings from Chile, enough to make me believe that it is one of the most exciting countries for high-class Syrah, even though in a Chilean context it is a relative toddler”. He also expressed his surprise about how rapidly the grape has adapted to the country’s terroir.
This was the case of this 1865 Syrah, which surprised the Master of Wine thanks to its “expressive deep nose with baked earth, meaty biltong notes, black-olive tapenade with blackberry and five-spice. Voluptuous mouthfeel with bags of dark fruit, chalky, chiselled, yet supple tannins and beautifully judged acidity, which is the key to this wine. Wonderful texture and lively fruit. Very impressive. Serious and already drinking well yet has years to go.”
In keeping with the tradition for 1865 wines, the perfect combination of grape variety and vineyard has resulted in a Syrah with excellent varietal and terroir expression; one that aims to continue to captivate consumers and critics around the world.