Armador Odfjell Syrah

Country: Chile

Region: Maipo

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Vegetarian: Yes Vegan: No

Organic: Yes Biodynamic: Biodynamic

ABV: 13.5%

Deep violet-red in colour. The expressive nose offers aromas of red fruit, plums, cherries, and flowers with a touch of tobacco. The palate is fresh and well rounded with a pleasingly long finish.

Producer Profile

Founded by Norwegian Dan Odfjell this pre-dominantly red wine producer creates wines of elegance and poise.

Odfjell are fully committed to biodynamics with cover crops and beehives populating the vineyards while small Fjord horses work the land. Odfjell produces wonderful wines that few in Chile can match, with their Carignans, which come from rescued 80 year old vines, proving to be of particular note.

Viticulture

The grapes come froma historic vineyard in Padre Hurtado in the lower Maipo Valley at an altitude of 405 meters above sea level. The clay soils have a neutral pH and are of alluvial origin from the Maipo River basin. They are deep with good drainage, which helps control plant vigor for proper fruit load with small clusters and berries. The climate is Mediterranean with an average annual rainfall of 250–300 mm, and the daily temperature differential is 20°–25° C. All of these factors plus the coastal influence work together to enable proper fruit ripening. The vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and managed accordingly.

Winemaking

The grapes were received and destemmed at the winery in Padre Hurtado. Alcoholic fermentation took place spontaneously with native yeasts in 40,000-liter stainless steel tanks and lasted approximately 7 days with maximum temperatures of 24°–25°C. Total maceration time was approximately 15 days. Malolactic fermentation took place as the wine aged in stainless steel tanks

Oak Treatment

None

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