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Discover the unique terroir expression of Lo Abarca with our Icon Wines: Syrah and Pinot Noir. These wines have not only been aged in French oak for 12 to 24 months, but have also been kept in bottle for four years. A true treat for the palate!
Lo Abarca Hills Vineyard
This Pinot Noir is the Grand Cru of our portfolio. Lo Abarca Hills refers to the vineyards that surround the village of Lo Abarca. The best soils are found here, consisting of limestone with marine deposits. The vines, with their low yields of between 3 and 4 tons per hectare, ripen the grapes very slowly, resulting in concentrated grapes with a nice, fresh acidity. The wine is spontaneously fermented in stainless steel. Punch downs are applied three times a day during the first 10 days in order to extract structure, body, and color out of the skins. The wine is transferred to French oak barrels, of which 30 percent consist of new oak, after fermentation. The wine stays here for 12 months and is not filtered. When bottled, it is stored for three years in the winery to let it age and develop the complexity of a serious Pinot Noir with a seductively perfumed bouquet of red and dark cherries, plums, and subtle spicy clove notes on the nose. It is enhanced by an elegant and refined concentrated palate displaying richness and generosity. The complex palate is layered and balanced, complemented by fine silky tannins, all hallmark traits of minimalist winemaking.
Serving Temperature: 14°c
Ageing potential: Between 4 and 15 years
Food Pairing: Delicious with wild Chilean salmon from the Lake District or any other fatty fish. If you love Italian food, then this wine is a great match with Italian pasta and pizza. For meat lovers, we suggest white meat such as chicken or pork.
Robert Parker: 2012: 93+pts, 2011: 94pts "Best wine of the San Antonio Valley" 2010: 93pts, 2009/06/04: 92pts, 2008:/07: 90pts
Concours Mondial du Pinot Noir, Switzerland 2007: "Best Pinot Noir in the World"
James Suckling: 2011: 92pts Tim Atkin: 2012: 92pts, 2011: 91pts
Decanter: 2009: Recommended by Stephen Spurrier Descorchados: 2011: 93pts 2004: 91pts
Wine Spectator: 2011: 91pts
Mesa de Cata La Cav: 2012: 92pts
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This Syrah is probably the best expression of our terroir, coming from a truly cool climate. The Lo Abarca Syrah has a hard time ripening due the low temperatures and coastal fogs. This results in a wine low in alcohol and high in acidity. For Syrah lovers, this wine is probably an unexpected version of a Chilean Syrah. As Jancis Robinson mentioned, “I would hate to get this wine in a blind tasting, as I would put it more towards Northern Rhone.” There are very few Syrahs that dare go so far in their acidity towards an herbal sight of the variety, which is a perfect reflection of the Lo Abarca terroir. The nose is floral and shows red fruits and spices such as fresh white & black pepper. On the palate it is delicate, with elegance and a firm acidity, full of red fruits. A must try Syrah from Chile!
Serving Temperature: 15-16°c
Ageing potential: Between 5 and 20 years
Food Pairing: Great with Patagonian lamb or any other type of lamb dishes. Furthermore, the high acidity of this red wine makes it good with any type of meat dish that is high in saltiness.
Decanter: 2010: 5 stars, "Top 50 best wines in the world 2014" 95pts.
Robert Parker: 2010: 91pts, 2009: 90pts, 2006: 92pts
James Suckling: 2010: 91pts
Tim Atkin: 2012: 93pts, 010: 91pts
Wine & Spirits: 2008: 93pts, 2006: 90pts, 2005: 92pts "World top 100 wines of the year"
Descorchados: 2010/09: Best Syrah from Chile, 93pts: 2010, 92pts: 2006/05
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