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de Martino Legado Syrah 2005Is it Syrah or Shiraz? Not that it matters but unusually for a New World bottling the label uses the French Syrah rather than the more established (for non-French wines) Shiraz. Perhaps they are trying to differentiate themselves from the Australians. It matters little. This wine selected for Wine Blogging Wednesday as hosted by Tim at WineCast.

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Di Martino Legado Syrah, 2005, Choapa Valley, Chile
Everywine £96.99 case. Oddbins £7.49 (not listed on-line). A big lad in every respect apart from the rather closed nose. Big, deep and brooding in colour; bold, rich and concentrated on the palate. There is a little oak but generally smooth and ripe with a lick of pepper on the finish.
Nice enough and good with a Potato, Cheshire Cheese and Spring Onion puff pastry tart but too young and one dimensional to be classed as anything above average.
Scribblings Rating – 84/100

The Legado Reserva wines come from the family’s own estate in the Maipo Valley. Produced from grapes carefully selected and hand-picked, these wines have good colour, individual personality, great structure, and are concentrated and fruity, expressively representative of each variety. The wines receive 12 months ageing in French oak (except Sauvignon Blanc) and production is limited

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  1. Marcus says:

    Sounds a lot like the Legada Cabernet Sauvignon actually. It was my first De Martino sample and it was big… garnered the same kind of grade you gave the Syrah (Wine Spectator entry here if it interested).
    Seems like these wines do possess a definite style, regardless of the brand, year or grape.

  2. The Carmenere is very good also!

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