Discovering the singularity of Tabali’s Syrahs - Tabalí


Blackberry, cherries, violet, cassis, leather, blueberry, smoke, pepper, liquorice… which of these would you think describe Syrah?

All of them!

Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is an intriguing wine variety. It can show very different faces according to the climate, soil, and regional style of origin. Its versatility is very well-known and appreciated by winemakers, who can make very different wines from this strain according to the terroir where it comes from, as well as wine lovers who can enjoy this great diversity of wines.

In warm climates Syrah reveals concentrated, exuberant, and vigorous wines with black fruit aromas like blueberry and blackberry, as well as notes of leather and liquorice. In cooler climates, the wines tend to be fresh, delicate, elegant, magnificently spicy, and complex. These wines show floral violet notes, as well as raspberry and white pepper.

Syrah originally comes from the Rhone wine region in the southeast of France but given its easy adaptability to a wide range of conditions, now it can be found in the old world as well as in the new World. Old world Syrah regions include France, Italy, Spain, and Greece. In the new world you can find Syrah in Australia, Argentina, the United States and Chile.

In Chile, most plantings date as far back as the 1990s. Chilean Syrah has gained the attention of critics world-wide for its high quality and diversity of styles. Chile’s vineyards stretch almost 1300km from the hot, dry north to the cool, wet south, hemmed in by the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Andes Mountains to the east.

Tabali’s Syrah Wines: all the elegance of the Pacific Ocean and calcareous soils.

 Felipe Müller, Viña Tabali´s CEO & Chief Winemaker, has been captivated by the sophistication of the cool weather face of Syrah. Tabali sources all its Syrah wines from vineyards located in the Limarí Valley, near the Chilean Coast on the Pacific Ocean, where the Antarctic driven Humboldt Current brings on a cold stream of water that flows north along the western coast of South America. The Humboldt Current has a considerable cooling influence on the climate of Chile, with dense foggy mornings and bright sunny afternoons, making the wines coming from coastal vineyards very characteristic.

“In Limarí, Syrah has found an exceptional place: the cool climate allows a slow maturation, which gives a lot of elegance and complexity. In addition, as it has a dry climate, with no rain during the harvest period, the grapes can be picked at its optimum moment of maturity, delivering high-quality wines, with great fruit expression, and very soft tannins with excellent potential. We have found in the Limarí Valley a fantastic expression of Syrah”, explains Felipe Müller.

But Tabali’s Syrahs owe their singularity not only to their cool coastal climate, but also to its exceptional soils, which fascinate Müller.

Payen, Tabali´s top blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Cabernet Franc, comes from the Talinay Vineyard in the Limarí Valley, only 12 kms away from the Pacific Ocean. The soils are the most important factor in the character of the wines from this vineyard. The vineyards are planted in calcareous soils where the rock is limestone. This is a place with a geological phenomenon that is unique in Chile and that gives a very particular characteristic to the wines. This has come about because it is an ancient marine terrace that is now on the surface. It has a very porous, fractured limestone soil, which enables the roots to easily explore the rock, which in turn acts as a hydric regulator and an extraordinary source of calcium carbonate. This mineral has a significant effect on the quality of the great wines produced in some of the world’s most famous wine regions.

Payen is an elegant wine, of an intense red colour with violet hues, great body and excellent balance with concentrated fruit and velvety tannins. In this wine you will find notes of cherries and blueberries, as well as violets, black pepper and slight hints of smoke and spices.

Tabali Vetas Blancas Syrah, is sourced from El Espinal Vineyard, another cool climate vineyard, located 24 kms from the ocean on the oldest alluvial terrace in the coastal part of the Limarí Valley. It was the first terrace to form and has very special characteristics that make it particularly suitable for producing high-end wines. The alluvial terrace reveals different levels of clay at the surface. This gives way to a matrix of alluvial soil (volcanic rock which was rounded by erosion as it was carried many kilometres from high up in the mountains). This soil is very stony but has veins of limestone in the form of dust, mainly consisting of calcium carbonate. The limestone rocks in the high peaks of the Andes mountains were dragged by melting ice to the lower parts of the valley and deposited there as dust mixed with alluvial soil. This phenomenon is what marks the Limarí Valley as immediately different from Chile’s other wine regions, as limestone produces very refreshing, mineral wines in a very unique style to those form the rest of the country, even cool areas.

Tabali Vetas Blancas Syrah has structured layers of aromas, such as black cherries, pepper, smoke, and hints of spice. In the mouth, the flavours are very well balanced with a smooth, velvety texture and filled with fruit. This is a unique wine, with excellent ageing potential.

Tabli Pedregoso Syrah also comes from the coastal El Espinal Vineyard. This s wine is intense ruby in colour. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with intense flavours of plums and black cherries. An elegant and exceptionally well-balanced wine, that reveals all the potential of the Limarí Valley, giving the wine great structure and a long finish.

We invite you to try these singular wines and taste for yourself all the elegance of the cool coastal climate and calcareous soils. We recommend serving this wine at 16 to 18°C, and pair it with pork dishes, lamb, duck, and sweet & sour preparations.