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El Circo Syrah

Aragon

El Circo

El Circo means ‘the circus’, and each of the varieties in this range is represented by a different circus performer...

The wines are made by the co-operative located in the town of Cariñena, the same name as the grape variety, which is known as Carignan in France. A new, modern winery was built in 2002. Winemaker Marcelo Morales Calderon is Chilean, having previously worked for Carmen and Veramonte among others. He came for the vintage 13 years ago and stayed, as he was excited both by the quality of the fruit and the high standard of the facilities he had – and still has – at his disposal.

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Vineyards

The co-operative has numerous vineyards with different microclimates and altitudes ranging from 320 to 850 metres above sea level. The continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, is mitigated by a beneficial cool and dry wind, the Cierzo, which blows through the vineyards all year long and ensures the grapes are unaffected by mould or rot. The majority of the vines, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cariñena, Macabeo and international red varieties such as Syrah, are dry farmed. Due to the altitude, age of vines and large diurnal variation, the wines have good intensity and achieve ripeness while retaining their acidity.

Vintage information

2013 had a summer with mild temperatures, no rain and very slow fruit maturity, which preserves fruit aromas. Harvest began on the 15th of September and ended in the last days of November.

Vinification

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with repeated pump overs to extract colour and tannin. Post fermentation lasted between 10-15 days followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled young without any oak maturation.

Tasting Notes

Dark red with violet hues, this perfumed fresh Syrah is and ripe fruity with black fruits and mulberries that make it a ringer for a Northern Rhône wine. Long and intense on the palate, flavours of violets, blackberries and black olives linger on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Aragon
Winemaker Marcelo Morales Calderon
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.6