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Viu Manent Syrah Colchagua Valley Secreto 2007

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Why Secreto? Because sneakily, although these are nominally varietals, they all contain 15% of other grape varieties. The whites have lovely flavour profiles; the Sauvignon has that bit extra tangy freshness and the Viognier is remarkably textured and vibrant at the same time. The reds are powerful, yet display interesting terroir notes. The Viognier is hand-harvested, the grapes being whole bunch pressed to tank and the juice cold settled for four days to remove solids. The juice is then racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts at low temperatures (11 to14C). After the primary fermentation the wine is aged on its gross lees for 3 months to add complexity and texture prior to bottling. On the nose the Viognier displays lifted notes of ripe quince and pear. This is followed in the mouth by layers of fijoa, papaya and lemon-meringue pie over a bright, racy acidity imparting impressive structure and length. Enjoy with chicken accompanied by a rich sauce, duck, wild pork and selected mild soft rind cheeses. Finally, the Syrah, sourced from hillside blocks with an average age of 5 years. In total 90% of the blend is aged for 7 months in barrel with a total of 45% being new wood (30% French/15% American). The remainder of the barrels are all second and third use French oak. Deep purple in colour this wine oozes spice, plum and gamey mocha notes on the nose. In the mouth this is followed by a veritable avalanche of boysenberry, currant, fig and bittersweet chocolate flavours backed up by ample yet voluptuous tannins leading to a long, dense finish. This chomps lightly seared red meats prepared with floral herbs such as sage and basil and also combines well with game birds such as partridge, quail and goose.

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Viu Manent:
What exactly is one’s own? … ”That which identifies us and by which we can recognize ourselves.” We love our property, our family and our traditions. We love our work, which we see as the motor that can propel us toward fulfilling our dreams. We believe in transcendence, in putting our heart into things and that the only way to do something is to do it to the best of our abilities. We have... Read more
What exactly is one’s own? … ”That which identifies us and by which we can recognize ourselves.” We love our property, our family and our traditions. We love our work, which we see as the motor that can propel us toward fulfilling our dreams. We believe in transcendence, in putting our heart into things and that the only way to do something is to do it to the best of our abilities. We have a strong bond with wine; we love its living essence and its sensitivity. We believe that Chile is a privileged territory for the production of wines and that Colchagua is a magical valley where the soil, climate and grapes seem to be blessed. We believe in attention to detail and in respecting the environment. We believe that history and tradition provide us with knowledge and experience, while innovation and modernity help us to advance toward our goal. We believe in teamwork and in the talented, professional and committed people who work with us. “We are committed to transmitting this philosophy into our daily mission.” Read less

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Snooth User: Dezadoo
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5.00 5
09/01/2009

Five glasses



Why Secreto? Because sneakily, although these are nominally varietals, they all contain 15% of other grape varieties. The whites have lovely flavour profiles; the Sauvignon has that bit extra tangy freshness and the Viognier is remarkably textured and vibrant at the same time. The reds are powerful, yet display interesting terroir notes. The Viognier is hand-harvested, the grapes being whole bunch pressed to tank and the juice cold settled for four days to remove solids. The juice is then racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts at low temperatures (11 to14C). After the primary fermentation the wine is aged on its gross lees for 3 months to add complexity and texture prior to bottling. On the nose the Viognier displays lifted notes of ripe quince and pear. This is followed in the mouth by layers of fijoa, papaya and lemon-meringue pie over a bright, racy acidity imparting impressive structure and length. Enjoy with chicken accompanied by a rich sauce, duck, wild pork and selected mild soft rind cheeses. Finally, the Syrah, sourced from hillside blocks with an average age of 5 years. In total 90% of the blend is aged for 7 months in barrel with a total of 45% being new wood (30% French/15% American). The remainder of the barrels are all second and third use French oak. Deep purple in colour this wine oozes spice, plum and gamey mocha notes on the nose. In the mouth this is followed by a veritable avalanche of boysenberry, currant, fig and bittersweet chocolate flavours backed up by ample yet voluptuous tannins leading to a long, dense finish. This chomps lightly seared red meats prepared with floral herbs such as sage and basil and also combines well with game birds such as partridge, quail and goose.

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