RKS 2023 Wines: Syrah from Chile’s Limarí Valley

The Limarí Valley has a rich archaeological heritage and was prized for its agricultural significance since pre-Hispanic times. The topography creates the unique “Camanchaca” fog that brings moisture in the valley each morning and is blown away by cooling ocean breezes in the afternoon. The Limarí has proven itself for its quality Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and more recently its Pinot Noir.

We try a Gran Reserva 2021 Syrah from Santa Rita.

Aroma: Loads of blueberry and blackberry lead the charge.

Palate: The tannins are noticeable but not notable making the wine immediately approachable. Firm and steady as she goes on the ocean of your palate. Yes it has substance but is not boastful. Compact black fruit perhaps a bit too lean for those looking for immediate gratification instead of exercising a bit of patience.

Personality: If you follow my aroma I am outgoing if not ebullient. On the palate however I lose much of my flash and become somewhat boring.

Food Match: Spaghetti a la Bolognese or chicken cacciatore. This wine adores rich sauces.

Cellarbility: You can hold for a couple of years but don’t expect improvement.

Price: $17.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 88/100. James Suckling 92.

(Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Syrah 2021, Limarí Valley, Viña Santa Rita, Buin, Chile, 750 mL, 13%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 19236).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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