Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020

2. Coyam

  • Producer: Emiliana Vineyards
  • Region: Colchagua
  • Country: Chile
  • Grape variety: Syrah: 43, Carmenere: 29, Cabernet Sauvignon: 12, Others: 16
  • Abv: 14.5%
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Approx. retail price: £20
  • Medal: Gold – Organic Wine Masters 2020

For those who know the Chilean wine scene well, you’ll probably be aware that the country is adept at producing fine, concentrated pricy reds, almost entirely based on Cabernet Sauvignon, which are collectively known as ‘icon wines’. Indeed, every major producer has one in its range, some several. Well, Coyam is the ‘icon wine’ of organic supremo Emiliana Vineyards, and it differs from much of Chile’s top-end offering. Firstly, it is biodynamic, secondly, relative to the rest, it’s not actually that pricy – costing around £20 – and thirdly, it’s not dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley. This Gold-Medal winning vintage from 2017 contains more Syrah and Carmenere than Cabernet, although that too is a reflection of its sourcing: Coyam comes from Emiliana’s Los Robles estate in Colchagua – a region of Chile best known for Carmenere, but also gaining a reputation for great Syrah too.

The name Coyam comes from the name of the woods that surround this large beautiful biodynamic estate that is in fact own by the Guilisasti family – the people behind the country’s biggest wine group, Concha y Toro.

So what about the wine? Coyam is a ripe, intense red with plenty of vanilla and toast from oak barriques, and some firm tannins too, along with a touch of alcohol warmth, all of which one would expect from a top-end Chilean wine, but what I like about this flagship biodynamic Emiliana expression is the fruit. Not only is it pristine, and ripe, but varied, with sweet cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, a touch of blackberry jam, but also some bright red berries too.

3 Responses to “Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020”

  1. Thom Fisher says:

    Why is the abv on these wines at 14.5%. Isn’t wine traditionally 11-12%. All wines now seem to have a high abv?

    • The Australian wines are grown in warm dry areas (more suitable to Organic production). 14.5% is about right for these areas. Southern Rhone wines would be similar alc. levels. The important thing is that they are balanced.

  2. Me says:

    I don’t know about the other countries, but Australia has had an obsession with higher ABV wines for as long as I can remember.

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