Our 2015 Smoking Loon Syrah offers lush aromas of blueberry, vanilla bean and a hint of cedar. Blueberry pie filling, crème brûleé and toasted brioche flavors provide a perfect balance to the bright acidity on the finish. This medium to full-bodied Syrah is a perfect food wine best enjoyed with leg of lamb shawarma, Cuban pulled pork sandwiches or grilled sausages. Syrah also pairs well with hard and mild cheeses or soft and strong cheeses, such as aged Cheddar, Manchego, smoked Gouda or Buffalo Mozzarella.
Chile’s natural boundaries are clearly dened. At the north end is the Atacama Desert, the south end is dened by the Patagonian glaciers, the eastern border is marked by the great Andes Mountain Range, and to the west is the Pacic Ocean. Together these distinct barriers help to maintain healthy growing conditions, protecting vineyards from pests and disease.
Stretching nearly 250 miles from north to south, Valle Central of Chile is one of the largest wine regions in South America. In this region, vines thrive in uninterrupted sunshine. As night falls, cold air descends from the snow-covered peaks of the Andes. This temperature swing provides the environment wine grapes need to develop fresh fruit characteristics and crisp acidity. Chilean vineyards benet from the abundant water for irrigation which ows from the eternal ice caps of the Andes.
Chile’s unique geography and climate make for an ideal winegrowing region.
The 2015 growing season was hotter than the previous, leading to a very early harvest. The warmer than usual spring was followed by heavy rainfall mid-harvest in March that proved a relief for some producers. The higher-than-average temperatures throughout the season resulted in lower acidity levels. Careful harvesting of the grapes and meticulous blending allowed winemakers to achieve a good balance with each varietal, with Cabernet Sauvignon exhibiting deep red fruit characteristics with a hint of toasted herbs.