Terroir Hunter

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile in order to participate in the live webcast tasting.

Continuing along with the Chile wines from the web-based tasting I participated in a few weeks ago, wine six of the evening happened to be a Syrah, one of my favorite red grapes! I don’t know that I’d previously had a Syrah from Chile, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect…with the Carmenere I had come to expect brooding, spicy wines, which has also been my experience with many of the Cabernet Sauvignons from Chile that I’ve had.  And while I can’t attest to the “Terroir Hunter” in the name of this wine, I will say that this is a Syrah that is right up my alley.  The 2007 Undurraga T.H. (Terroir Hunter) Syrah hails from the Limari Valley of Chile, has a screw cap closure, and retails for $24. While this wine, based on the flavor profile was my favorite red of the evening, I think this one might belong more along the lines of an $18 price point.  $24 just seems a little steep when there are so many great Syrahs out there at just about $20 a bottle (or less).

On the nose I got huge blackberries, plums, spice, pepper, bright red berries lurking underneath, raspberries, chocolate, spice, pepper, milk chocolate, and anise.  If it says anything, this and the Natura Sauvignon Blanc were the only bottles we finished the first night!  In the mouth I got blackberry, black cherry, and plums.  This isn’t a bottle to really contemplate, but one that’s smooth and full of big lush fruit…which I love.


2 Responses

  1. I agree with you about the price. I think it’s actually off because I just bought that here in Chile for about US$16, and with all the taxes, many times I pay 30% more for wines than in the US (the irony…)

    The winemaker is one to keep a watch on–Rafael Urrejola. Young and extremely talented, not to mention passionate, he was recruited exclusively for this project from Leyda (he was responsible for their legendary Lot 21 Pinot). Also great in this line is the Sav Blanc. Limarí valley is taking Chile by storm–have you tried Maycas, new line from Concha y Toro? Best Chard (07) I have had in a while.

    Great blog. Best, Liz

  2. Thanks for the info Liz! How odd that you would pay more for locally produced wine than we do here for the same stuff in the US!

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