El Circo Syrah 2018


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Tasting Notes

This wine is deep purple in colour. On the nose, there are ripe aromas of black fruits and mulberries, with a hint of fennel. Long and intense on the palate, flavours of violets, blackberries and hazelnut linger on the finish.


David Catillo


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 ripeness while retaining their acidity and structure.


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


The El Circo (“Circus”) range is a collection of varietal wines created to express the magic of the big top marquee, with each wine representing a different circus performer. The wines are made by co-operative Grandes Vinos based in a modern purpose-built facility in the DO Cariñena – the only region in the world to give its name to a grape variety. After having worked both in his native Chile and across Spain, winemaker Marcelo Morales arrived for the 2000 vintage and impressed by both the quality of the fruit and the high standard of the facilities at his disposal, has stayed.