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Varietal: Syrah
Vintage: 2012
D.O.: Elqui Valley, Chile
Winemaker: Mattia Filippi
Winery: Viña Mayu Ltda.

Color: Deep brilliant red, almost purple at the edges
Nose: Concentrated and powerful with peppery spice and smoky notes Unmistakenly Syrah on the nose, in a classic northern Rhone Valley style, as opposed to jammy New World style
Palate: Medium to full bodied, spicy, meaty, and finely balanced with a good hint of French oak character
Finish: Long, elegant and rich
Food match: Grilled and roasted meats, vegetarian or Mediterranean dishes, mature cheeses

Piggy Bank Syrah comes from the most northerly vineyards in Chile, some 320 miles north of Santiago at a latitude of 30o south. The vineyards are planted at high altitudes - from 1,300 to 6,500 feet. The Elqui Valley is blessed with a perfect climate, enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine a year and, although average rainfall is low, the snow melt and glaciers in the Andes ensure there is enough water to sustain the vines. The grapes for this wine came from the El Tambo and Quebrada de Talca vineyards at around 500 meters above sea level. They are harvested carefully by hand before being rushed to the winery.

Cold maceration preceded fermentation which was with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 22 - 23o C. The cap of the skins in the tanks were worked softly using pistons to optimize color and flavor. After fermentation, 60% of the wine was aged in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels for 5 to 8 months. This wine is very lightly filtered in order to preserve its full, intense fruity character.

pH: 3.5
RS: 3.3g/l
TA: 5.1g/1
ALC: 14.0%
Malolactic: Yes

12 x 750 ml per case
75 cases per pallet (5 layers of 15)
Bottle UPC: 858828001705
Case UPC: 5060108903011

Mattia is a remarkable young talent, protégé of globetrotting winemaking guru Giorgio Flessati. He is expert in capturing the essence of varietals and getting the very best out of vineyards as diverse as Chile’s Elqui Valley, Sicily and Trentino. He grew up in a small winemaking town called Faedo (Trentino, Italy) where there is a winery for every 100 inhabitants. No surprise, therefore, when Mattia chose to learn his craft at the prestigious Michele all’Adige College followed by a degree in Oenology from Udine.

For every bottle of Piggy Bank wine sold, we donate 25 cents to charity. When we have sold enough bottles to fill our Piggy Bank, we will distribute the cash proportionately among several charities according to consumer votes.

Piggy Bank Syrah
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