The 2012 Callia Alta Shiraz has a sedate, mocha-tinged bouquet: earthy and a little sullen. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, and modest black fruit laced with tar and crisp acidity. It is well-balanced and nicely focused towards the finish; well-crafted in a slightly more rustic style.
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Grape Varieties100% Shiraz
DescriptionBodegas Callia is situated in the Tulum Valley in Argentina's province of San Juan. It is nestled between the Pie de Palo hills to the north and the Cerro Chico Del Zonsa to the south. Two fincas (estates) encompass 300 hectares of land: Finca Pie de Palo and Finca 9 De Julio. At 2,133 feet above sea level, the area is blessed by temperate climate, low rainfall and rich sandy alluvial and clay loam soil; the result is intense and fruity wines that reflect the rich terroir of this region. Born from passion and legend, Bodegas Callia is named for a young woman who arrived in the province of San Juan many years ago. She wrote to her family describing San Juan as paradise endowed with abundant fruits despite the desert landscape. Her name was Callia and today, for the people of Argentina, Callia is synonymous with hope, endurance and success. Bodegas Callia celebrates the spirit of this illustrious woman. The winery's goal is to produce the best wines in San Juan and the best Shiraz in Argentina. Along with creating quality wines, they continue to respect and support the people, nature and community from which their wines are created.
VinificationThe grapes are hand-harvested and immediately crushed and destemmed to preserve freshness and fruit character. The juice undergoes a cold maceration on the skins for 48 hours at a temperature of 54°F.
NoseBold with aromas of strawberry, ripe figs and tobacco
PalateVelvety with notes of redcurrant, raspberry and figs followed by a pleasant, long finish of cloves, coconut and vanilla
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.3 %pH: 3.63RS: 5.5TA: 5.6
Serving SuggestionsExcellent with lamb, hearty Italian dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, veal chops, steak, grilled vegetables.