Syrah or Shiraz does not immediately spring to mind when you first take a sniff and a sip of this wine as there is an initial blackcurrant explosion on the nose and palate. It originates from one of the warmer parts of the Aconcagua region in Chile where cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and low rainfall account for the intense black fruit characteristics. Named in honour of the Spanish priest, Francisco de Carabantes, who brought Chile's first wine to the country in 1554, this beautiful wine opens up to reveal so much more than black fruits.
Syrah is an intensely perfumed grape and it certainly shows here. 15% Cabernet Sauvignon provides acidity and backbone. In previous vintages a dash of Petit Verdot was added for its aroma, colour and structure but even without that this wine is a lovely, fragrant and tasty fruit-filled treat.
Deep garnet in colour, this wine displays intense aromas - blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf, sweet blackberries and blueberries, strawberries with notes of white pepper, mint and violets. Sweet black fruits dominate the palate too - blackcurrant, blueberries, mulberries with some creaminess from the oak which lifts to leave some cinnamon spice and a hint of smoke on the finish. The texture of this wine is really velvety. It shows a great balance of hardly noticeable tannins, lower than anticipated alcohol and that lovely fruit which also means that it will keep a while if you have very strong willpower. I found it hard to put down my glass for long enough to write my tasting notes.
A very food friendly wine; drink with lamb, beef and other red meats, turkey with cranberry sauce, spicy food, nut roast
"As the legend goes it was don Francisco de Carabantes, a Dominican friar, who brought the first grapevines to Chile mid XVI century. We have paid homage to the memory of Carabantes by dedicating his name on our Syrah label.
Characterized by intense aromas of violet, rosemary and blueberries, our Syrah embodies a strong personality witch makes it unique. A very elegantly structured wine of fine tannins which can be laid down and stored for 10 to 12 years."
90 Points Robert Parker Apr 2017
"The extremely balsamic 2013 Syrah Carabantes has a minty and even eucalyptus profile of aromas that makes it difficult to see the varietal notes of the grape. The style is closer to a Shiraz from Australia than a northern Rhône, with the notes from the American oak barrels lending it a strong perfume and lots of spicy aromas of cola nut, coconut and vanilla. The palate is also dominated by creamy and balsamic aromas, medium-bodied, with fine tannins. It has a very strong personality, for fans of the style. In that style it keeps good freshness. This has 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon."