Yes, it’s a chilli in Chile. And my column in tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph is on the magical place that is Elqui in Chile. And its wines. And a man called Giorgio.
One of those brilliant wines is this and here’s the note I wrote for the Telegraph:
Mayu Syrah Reserva 2007 Elqui Valley, Chile (14%, Asda, £8)
Giorgio Flessati makes wine in Elqui under a couple of different labels, Mayu and Falernia, depending on which branch of his family owns the vineyards from which the grapes came. Mayu means Milky Way – a reference to the very starry skies in this remote valley. This syrah is very good indeed – inky, dense, intense, tarry and peppery, aged in French oak barrels. Try it with steak covered in smashed up peppercorns and you will – oh look, I could make a corny pun here involving stars and heaven and back…but let’s stay classy and just say it would be a delicious dinner.
You can read my Telegraph column here but because there was quite a lot to say there is also a longer version – with pictures! I’ve tucked it away it on the new LONG READS section of my website because heaven knows no one wants to be faced with a blog post that feels like a three course meal with meat and potatoes when they just popped by for a snack. I was hoping to be able to store longer pieces there but it seems that’s not possible on the website template I’m using. So it will just be one piece at a time. You can access it – here. (And there’s always the ‘read later’ button….)