Casa Marin Syrah Miramar Vineyard 2009
In this bottle, María Luz Marín of Casa Marin, achieves the seemingly unattainable– a low alcohol (12%), cool-climate Chilean Syrah that is fresh and bright with acidity that targets the palate and lingers. Driven by instinct, María Luz – Chile’s first female winemaker – was drawn to this site on the Pacific coast of the San Antonio Valley, because she knew the terroir would yield the wines that she needed to make. Just four kilometers from the ocean, she planted Syrah to the volcanic, granite soils of Miramar Vineyard, which sits at 150-250 meters above sea level, with northwestern and northeastern exposure.
The 2009 vintage in San Antonio Valley was a good year for Syrah, according to the National Association of the Agricultural Engineers and Oenologists. With rainfall concentrated to the winter months and temperatures slightly below average, most harvests in the region were somewhat extended, allowing for optimal concentration, ripeness of fruit and balance. Hand-harvested during the first two weeks of May, the Syrah was then fermented in barrel, before aging (80%) in new French oak for 18 months.
Crafted at the hands of a pioneer, the Casa Marin Syrah Miramar Vineyard 2009 – unfiltered and unfined – is much like a Northern Rhone, with cherry, red berry and plum fruit notes. Accented with light pepper spice and anise, there’s great acidity in the glass that elevates and keeps the wine fresh on the palate, with tannins that are light, offering structure without overshadowing.