Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Syrah 2021
Back in the 90’s, Syrah in Chile was commonly grown as a grape to be blended into Carmenere or Cabernet Sauvignon, and thus a lot of it was planted on the same warmer valleys like Maipo or Colchagua. Luckily, some visionary vine growers such as the Cúneo family who founded Casas del Bosque began planting in cooler places such as Casablanca Valley, which eventually became a flagship exponent of “cool climate Syrah”. The Gran Reserva is a perfect example of everything this style should have: on one hand, there is concentration, ripeness, and a flavor palette that speaks “Grand Cru”; on the other, there is a remarkable acidity that brings freshness and a lively expression of the site. Being the red grape with the smallest planted surface in the estate, this is truly one of the best kept secrets – and limited productions – of Casas del Bosque.
The vineyard is located 18 km / 11 miles away from the Pacific Ocean at an altitude of 250 m/ 820 ft over sea level. Frequent foggy mornings, warm days and cool nights characterize the valley, where average temperatures in summer
are 18.9ºC/66ºF and in winter 10.7ºC/51ºF. Yearly rainfall is 380 mm on average, falling mostly between May and September.