05/10/03 – MontGras (Chile) Limited Edition Syrah 2001

MontGras (Chile) Limited Edition Syrah 2001
The ‘Limited Edition’ refers to the fact that the grapes for this Syrah come from a single block of vines within MontGras’ estate in the Colchagua Vallley in central Chile. It is aged in oak barrels (60% American oak, 40% French) for twelve months. The colour is a medium density crimson, and the nose displays a deeply-hued mint-humbug, caramel, tobacco and spice character, with a surprisingly bright red fruit character suggesting cherries and summer pudding fruits. On the palate there is a quite a dense, lush mouthfeel, with plenty of coffee and tobacco oaky depth, and a nice combination of fruit sweetness, ripe, silky tannins and juicy plum and cherry acidity. This is a very stylish wine that retains suppleness and a hint of elegance amongst plenty of fruit and textural depth, making it food-friendly as well as strikingly bold and assertive. £7.49 Safeway.