Our 2017 Smoking Loon Chilean Syrah offers lush aromas of tart cherry, blackberry, with notes of molasses. Tart cherry and blackberry provide a perfect balance to the nuanced earthy finish of mushroom and of herbes de Provence. Aged 10 months in a combination of French (80%), Hungarian (10%), and American (10%) Oak, 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 defined. At the north end is the Atacama Desert, the south end is defined by the Patagonian glaciers, the eastern border is marked by the great Andes Mountain Range, and to the west is the Pacific 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 benefit from the abundant water for irrigation which flows from the eternal ice caps of the Andes. Chile’s unique geography and climate make for an ideal winegrowing region.