- Published: 18 October 2012 18 October 2012
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.
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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