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Syrah: Chile vs NZ

logo-telegraph-ukThe Cox brothers are at it again–this time sparring (with good humor, of course) over who’s got the best Syrah. Michael Cox (Wines of Chile’s Europe Director) goes to bat for the Chilean team, while identical twin brother David, who heads New Zealand Winegrowers, defends the grape in his island territory.

If either twin ends up with a black eye, we can blame it on Victoria Moore, who’s fueling the debate at The Telegraph. But she’s not just picking on the Cox’s. Her Aug 17 article also addresses the Old World-New World and Syrah vs Shiraz debates.

We have to say that she does seem to lean toward Chile (do we hear Michael taunting “Victoria likes me best”?) when she refers to Chile’s cool-climate Syrahs as the “full-nicotine version of Rhône reds…with a slightly savage quality…

Chile has sheer numbers on its side too. While David states that NZ has just 300 hectares planted, Chile has over 6,000 now and is still expanding.

No offense David, but we’re sticking with Michael (and Victoria) on this one!

Read the full article at: “Syrah from Chile and New Zealand,” The Telegraph, August 17, 2011.

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