When people ask me if there is world-class wine coming out of Chile that isn’t a big, over extracted, over oaked Cabernet, I point to this wine. This small production, exquisitely structured, hand-made wine is produced by one of the rising stars of the Chilean wine industry at the Matetic winery, Julio Bastias. An earnest, passionate man, he is famous for his obsessive attention to detail and willingness to go to any lengths to put the best wine in the bottle he possibly can, starting with following organic and biodynamic farming principles. This incredibly supple, smooth, complex, layered and deep cool climate Syrah is a perfect example of what his relentless pursuit of quality can achieve. The dry-farmed grapes come from three different clones and two different parcels with distinct soil types and microclimates. There is rigorous hand selection of the grapes, de-stemming, followed by a slow cold maceration and fermentation with organically nurtured wild indigenous yeast. The wine sees twenty-two months in hand selected French oak barrels (he travels to France to oversee the production of the barrels) and two years in bottle before release. This wine has a big, complex, pretty, earthy dark nose of white pepper and spice with a fine overlay of sweet oak and a subtle beguiling floral quality. There is abundant spicy dark berry fruit and black olive in the mouth. The wine has incredible texture, with silky smooth sweet tannins and perfect natural acidity. The mouth feel is incredible - sensual and palate coating, yet lithe and pure. The finish is long, strong and complex, with hints of dark chocolate. As good as any Syrah I've had, including the big guns from France and Australia, this wine will age for at least ten to twenty years.