Casa Marín, Miramar Vineyard, Lo Abarca, San Antonio 2010
Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts (95+/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Dirceu Vianna Jr MW 18.5 Peter Richards MW 19 Patricio Tapia 18.5
This small, family-run winery in the coastal reaches of San Antonio, just 4km from the icy Pacific, pushes boundaries. It’s a contentious wine. Its almost savage ruggedness is allied to a laser-like precision that can polarise tasters. But, with four years’ age, it is beginning to develop a peppery, savoury perfume that sits beautifully with its lifted, almost ethereal finish. A wine that speaks eloquently of its variety, place and makers, Maria Luz and Felipe Marín, who deserve credit for their audacity and ambition.
Dirceau Vianna Jr MW Elegant and enticingly complex with notes of dark fruits, earthy tones, fresh meat and attractive spiciness. Dry, crisp, savoury, complex, this reveals the typicity of a really serious Syrah. Amazing purity, complex and well made with a long savoury finish.
Peter Richards MW Black pepper, meat and leaf notes emerging nicely. Mineral, taut, cogent, fine, firm and beautiful. This style needs to develop in the bottle. Definitely edgy; one for lovers of purity and that herbal side of Syrah, with the patience to give it more bottle age. A unique beauty.
Patricio Tapia Funky, tense and refreshing; raw meat aromas and a mineral character; tight and crunchy. A delicious expression of cool-climate Syrah.