Voted one of the best Syrah's worldwide, the Zarihs label from Aussie winemaker Chris Ringland and Spanish winemaker Jose Chueca is turning heads for under $20! Showcasing the best of Campo de Borja, the combination of the modern Shiraz-like elements from Ringland is the perfect marriage to the more traditional styling of Chueca. The Syrah was planted 16 years ago in the foothills of the Moncayo to take advantage of the soil, sun and the uniqueness of the Cierzo, which freshens the grapes from bloom to peak maturity. The vines are 600-700 meters above sea level, in limestone soil, giving the Syrah an almost northern Rhone like acidity to accompany the huge aromatics of dark fruits, wild blackberries and plums. 40% of the wine is aged in new American oak barrels for 12 months, which showcases the abundant vanilla and spice notes.
"Sweet coffee, chocolate and smoke to the tarry black cherries. A full-bodied syrah with firm tannins that provide some chew to the back of the palate, before a slightly warming finish. Give it one more year to come around. The woody sweetness and tannins are a little dominating now. Drink in 2024." James Suckling, 91 Points
"A rich, medium- to full-bodied red, with an underpinning of mesquite smoke and loamy earth and flavors of fig cake, baked black currant, dried mint and mocha. Creamy and balanced, with supple tannins showing on the lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2028." The Wine Spectator, 91 Points