Readers of this blog will note that I have an affinity for South American Wines. I'm particularly fascinated by those coming out of Argentina. The good ones find a crossroads between quality and value that rivals just about any wine region in the world. I'm going to look at two releases from Xumek. Their focus is on estate grown, single vineyard wines with limited production. The first offering I'll examine is their Syrah. Famed winemaker Michael Rolland is involved with Xumek as an external consultant. The 2007 Xumek Syrah is 100% varietal and all Estate grown fruit. Production is limited to 2,500 cases and the suggested retail price is $18. Looking at wine-searcher though it can be found for $15.
The nose of the Xumek Syrah abounds in blackberry, vanilla and cedar notes. The first sip reveals rich, decadent chocolate covered blackberry flavors. White pepper, nutmeg, cloves and the like fill the mid-palate of this wine along with deep dark berry fruit. The finish brings out earthiness and smoke in abundance along with additional mocha notes.
Decanting this wine for an hour is recommended. The time allows this Syrah to open up wide and achieve an additional level of expression. The Xumek Syrah has a good tannic structure and well integrated oak. This wine should evolve for 3 to 5 years and drink well for a couple more after that. A teriffic expression of Syrah well worth it's price.
Imported by H & S Specialty Imports.
Up Next: Xumek Malbec.
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