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Koyle Cerro Basalto Garnatxa 2019

Red Wine from Chile
5.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
Opulent Chilean garnacha made from low yields on poor basalt soils, giving impressive concentration. A generous, powerful wine with aromas of orange peel and rose petals.
Price: £14.95 Bottle
Price: £89.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: CE11791

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2029
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, diam

Viña Koyle

Koyle is the new project of the Undurraga family (Max, accounts, Alfonso, sales and Cristóbal, viticulture and winemaking), who have sold the company that bears their name and bought a lovely estate near Los Lingues, called Viña Koyle, in Alto Colchagua to make, principally, fine red wines.

They planted 50 ha in 2006/7 (cabernet sauvignon, carmenère, syrah, malbec, petit verdot, mourvèdre, tempranillo) and a further 30 ha in 2010 (cabernet franc, merlot, carignan, grenache, sangiovese and petit syrah) totalling thirteen varieties. The vineyards are at the base of some hills at 400-550m altitude in quite a windy situation, particularly in summer, where the maximum average temperature in the hottest month is about 26ºC. Annual rainfall is between 500-700mm and may allow some vineyard blocks to be “dry farmed” once the young vines have established deep roots. The soil is red clay over friable granite soils.

The vineyard faces north-west and is divided into three terraces. The bottom terrace has more clay and alluvial soils, while the middle and upper ones have decreasing proportions of clay and increasing amounts of stones and friable granite. The altitude gives a 2ºC difference in temperature.

The vineyard is currently undergoing a transformation to biodynamic viticulture. There is huge potential to make lovely wines here; Cristóbal, who lives in a house built on the property, has a real feeling for vineyards and viticulture and is also a very experienced winemaker, having...
Koyle is the new project of the Undurraga family (Max, accounts, Alfonso, sales and Cristóbal, viticulture and winemaking), who have sold the company that bears their name and bought a lovely estate near Los Lingues, called Viña Koyle, in Alto Colchagua to make, principally, fine red wines.

They planted 50 ha in 2006/7 (cabernet sauvignon, carmenère, syrah, malbec, petit verdot, mourvèdre, tempranillo) and a further 30 ha in 2010 (cabernet franc, merlot, carignan, grenache, sangiovese and petit syrah) totalling thirteen varieties. The vineyards are at the base of some hills at 400-550m altitude in quite a windy situation, particularly in summer, where the maximum average temperature in the hottest month is about 26ºC. Annual rainfall is between 500-700mm and may allow some vineyard blocks to be “dry farmed” once the young vines have established deep roots. The soil is red clay over friable granite soils.

The vineyard faces north-west and is divided into three terraces. The bottom terrace has more clay and alluvial soils, while the middle and upper ones have decreasing proportions of clay and increasing amounts of stones and friable granite. The altitude gives a 2ºC difference in temperature.

The vineyard is currently undergoing a transformation to biodynamic viticulture. There is huge potential to make lovely wines here; Cristóbal, who lives in a house built on the property, has a real feeling for vineyards and viticulture and is also a very experienced winemaker, having worked in Australia at Rosemount with Phillip Shaw, in Bordeaux at Château Margaux with Paul Pontallier and in Mendoza for Kaiken with Aurelio Montes. The early stars have been carmenère and mourvèdre. One can sense great quality potential here.
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Decanter

From a biodynamic vineyard planted with Mediterranean varieties,. Appealing red and black cherry aromas, white pepper and fresh herbs. Lifted red fruit, fresh and energetic, silky tannins and a lingering...
From a biodynamic vineyard planted with Mediterranean varieties,. Appealing red and black cherry aromas, white pepper and fresh herbs. Lifted red fruit, fresh and energetic, silky tannins and a lingering crunch of spicy red fruit and red apple. 92/100
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Amy Wislocki

Western Mail

Juicy red fruits dominate the nose of the Chilean red garnacha. Bright as a button on the palate with crisp acidity sitting alongside the interesting mineral notes from the soils of volcanic origin, rich...
Juicy red fruits dominate the nose of the Chilean red garnacha. Bright as a button on the palate with crisp acidity sitting alongside the interesting mineral notes from the soils of volcanic origin, rich in iron oxide and magnesium. Such an interesting wine that doesn't jade the palate and would happily deal with a lovely piece of charred lamb or some thumping great pork chops slathered in chimichurri.
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Neil Cammies

Lynn News

This is the definition of an affordable fine wine. garnatxa (grenache to you and me) can be sweet, oily, one-dimensional, and dull as last night’s dishwater if not shown respect. The care lavished on this ...
This is the definition of an affordable fine wine. garnatxa (grenache to you and me) can be sweet, oily, one-dimensional, and dull as last night’s dishwater if not shown respect. The care lavished on this wine shines through. It’s medium-bodied, complex, and packed with notes of everything from red cherries and chocolate to raspberries and herbs, all tied together harmoniously by gentle strawberry acidity. It’s brilliant on its own and even better with things like roasted goats’ cheese or spring lamb.
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Giles Luckett

JancisRobinson.com

Pale garnet. Fresh, sweet and lively – well up to the standard of a fine Gredos garnacha. Appetising savoury finish. Good value. 16.5/20

Jancis Robinson

Midweek Wines

Viña Koyle in its current form is a relatively new (2006) Chilean operation with over a dozen red grape varieties under cultivation and this is a wonderful example of its take on what the world knows as...
Viña Koyle in its current form is a relatively new (2006) Chilean operation with over a dozen red grape varieties under cultivation and this is a wonderful example of its take on what the world knows as grenache. Soft and full, [this wine] offers us intense raspberry, plum and cherry flavours accompanied by firm acidity, a touch of tannin and hints of lavender, black cherry and clove that run into a long and complex finish.
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Brian Elliott

Islington Gazette

… organic, biodynamic ... where complex aromatics build into serious cherry fruit, classy and entrancing.

Liz Sagues

Sussex Express

A powerful, biodynamic red from the Alto Colchagua region of Chile. Made from the ripe, juicy full-bodied garnacha grape variety, planted on old, basaltic volcanic soils. The low-yielding soils result in...
A powerful, biodynamic red from the Alto Colchagua region of Chile. Made from the ripe, juicy full-bodied garnacha grape variety, planted on old, basaltic volcanic soils. The low-yielding soils result in great concentration of flavour in the resulting wine, with complex fruit flavours of dark red fruits, red plums and a touch of orange zest. Soft, velvety tannins with medium to full body. Calls for a rack of lamb, grilled rib-eye or stilton quiche
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