Errazuriz are a rapidly becoming a benchmark of solid Chilean quality wines - a brand that can balance quantity of production and quality.  I am always pleased to open a bottle.

'Kay, Syrah Syrah: Errazuriz Max Reserva 2009 Syrah from Chile

Never more so than this evening.  After a trip to the butchers this afternoon where I picked up a fine array of minty lamb chops to have with fresh curly kale from Kent, what better accompaniment than a bottle of Syrah (see photo above).

The aromas evoke dark fruits like black cherry and currants with spices; all very autumnal.  The colour is deep ruby red as one would expect.  It's a good mouthful of wine with relaxed tannin so I'm not left smacking my lips in search of water.  It is, as one would imagine, a food wine.  This is good news for me as I have decanted some to savour with the meat and also tipped a little into the oven dish.  

Due to a good all round balance, this wine could be stored for a few years... but what's the point?  Crack it open and get stuck in.  

I notice on Classic FM they're offering wine and music pairing tips.  Well mine for today is this Errazuriz Max Reserva '09 Syrah with Carlos Gardel's tango 'Por Una Cabeza'.  There's a lovely version on Nicola Benedetti's album, 'The Silver Violin'.



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