Rhu, Viñedos de Alcohuaz
A more complex nose with meaty notes from the Syrah, and an ashy mineral character muddled with dark plummy fruits and savoury hints like ripe black olives.
An earthy mouth that has echoes of dark fruit and graphite, with a long and rolling finish. This has a lot more to give so if you can hold on, keep it in the bottle for a bit longer. If not, just uncork it now and enjoy!
Tuck in with a lamb steak covered in rosemary.
13.5% alcohol, 2011 harvest
Winery sample, no decanting.
More on the wine
A stunning and wild landscape in the heights of the Elqui valley, Viñedos Alcohuaz is one of the most ambitious altitude projects in Chile. Made of Syrah, Grenache and Petit Syrah, the grapes come from 2200m above sea level and made in a winery with all natural wine making methods – crushed by foot in stone pools and aged in cement and large wooden vats.
More on the producer
Viñedos Alcohuaz is a passion project of three parts: Patricio Flaño, an artist at heart who fell in love with the magic of Elqui and took the risk to invest in making Chile’s highest-altitude vineyards; Juan Luis Huerta, the former mayor of the town who brings the local knowledge and knows the region like the back of his hand; and renowned winemaker Marcelo Retamal whose inquisitive nature led him to explore Elqui hunting for new wine adventures where he came across Alcohuaz, and together they are now building one of the most exciting sustainable wineries buried into the mountainsides of stargazing-territory: Elqui.