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Varietal: Syrah 100%
Vintage: 2010
Winemaker: Mattia Filippi
Region: Elqui Valley, Chile
Total Production: 10,000 cases (9lt cases)

Color: Deep brilliant red with purple tints
Nose: Concentrated and powerful with peppery spice and smoky notes
Palate: Full bodied, intense red fruit and meaty flavors, round and with soft, generous tannins
Finish: Long, elegant and rich
Food: Grilled and roasted meats and vegetarian or Mediterranean dishes

Piggy Bank Syrah comes from the most northerly vineyards in Chile, which are planted at high altitudes – from 1,300 to 6,500ft. The Elqui Valley is blessed with a perfect climate, enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine a year and although average rainfall is less than 80mm, the snow melt and glaciers in the Andes ensure there is enough water to sustain the vines. The soils are stony and the vines are 6 - 10 years old. The harvest was hand picked at the end of April / first week of May and the grapes came into the winery in small bins where they were subsequently sorted on tables. Cold maceration preceded fermentation which was with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 22-23 celsius. The juice was stirred gently with the skins in order to get the best possible extraction of color and flavors. After fermentation, 60% of the wine was matured in a mixture of new and used oak barrels for between 5-8 months.

pH: 3.5
TA: 5.1g/1
ALC: 14.0%
RS: <3.7g/l
Malolactic: Yes

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. But, perhaps it was harder to predict he would end up pioneering in Chile's most remote and northerly vineyards!

Piggy Bank Syrah
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