Koyle wine tasting
August 30, 2015
Tasting led by winemaker Cristóbal Undurraga at Vinoteca in August 2015. These are biodynamic wines.
New, not yet available for sale. A light and refreshing dry wine, perfect for a hot summer’s day.
Carménère 2012, Alto Colchagua
Pleasant, easy-drinking Carménère with upfront spices, such as cloves, followed by a touch of green pepper. Medium + tannins. Smooth enough to drink on its own, but would pair well with any red meat.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alto Colchagua
Contains 10% Cabernet Franc. Another versatile and easy-drinking red. Plenty of black and red fruit, followed by the spices. Medium body, tannins and finish.
Syrah 2012, Alto Colchagua
Another very pleasant wine, a little more intense with interesting notes of meat and gunpowder.
Koyle Royale Carménère 2012
Contains 8% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot. This Carménère packs a punch; black pepper, cassis, cacao and a touch of the farmyard and slight minerality in the nose. Nice ripe tannins, spice, delectable acidity, lovely mouthfeel with just that touch of ashtray.
Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Intense, fruit first, then the spices (vanilla, cinnamon, a touch of menthol). Lovely mouthfeel, tooth-coating tannins, pleasant acidity, very fresh.
37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carménère, 18% Malbec, 13% Syrah and 7% Petit Verdot
What a wine! The first thing that hits you is that perfume coming right out of the glass! Intense, sweet and hard to define. I asked Cristóbal and he suggested mandarins and violets. I would add cherry pie with cacao and a touch of liquorice and blueberry. Just smelling this wine is like a feast in itself. In the mouth, smooth, rounded with big smooth tannins, lots of body and fruit and a slightly bitter cacao note, long in the finish.
33% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carménère, 14% Syrah and 7% Petit Verdot
Quite a different beast. Intense and powerful with cassis, cherries, cinnamon and that bitter cacao note again. Delightful wine but pales beside the 2010 vintage.