With high scores every vintage, Polkura is the epitome of Chilean Syrah. It’s from a stellar cellar founded by two winemaking friends in 1998. Aged for over a year in new oak, it’s beautifully silky, long and spicy with lots of lavish fruit flavour.
From the outset, Sven Bruchfeld (formerly of Viña Santa Carolina) and Gonzalo Muñoz vowed to craft the finest Chilean Syrah possible. They do so on a tiny scale, so it’s still only known to insiders. That said, with 90+ points every vintage from the likes of Wine Spectator, they won’t be able to hide their Syrah for long. Polkura is a little hill at the western end of Colchagua Valley. The name means ‘yellow stone’, a reference to the yellow granite that mingles with the clay soils there. And it’s on these cooler, south facing slopes that their Syrah grows. The microclimate lends a lovely pepper complexity to appealing blackberry, fig and liquorice notes. More northern Rhône than New World. One to decant and enjoy with roast lamb.
"dark plums, oyster shell, cedar, tar and asphalt. Full-bodied and lots of earthy undertones"
James Suckling Wine Critic