Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1
  • Prats & Symington; Chryseia; 2009; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 7 000 - 8 000

About this Item

Chryseia, 2009
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Prats & Symington was formed in 1999 with the aim of producing exceptional Douro wines using Bordeaux winemaking techniques. This partnership brings together Bruno Prats, former CEO and winemaker at Cos d’Estournel, and the Symington family, known for producing premium Port from their coveted vineyards in the Douro valley. Prats & Symington owns two estates, Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz, and produces some of the best wines in the region which have received high acclaim.

Organic Farming
Biggest producer of organic wine in Portugal.
Farmed and made according to organic practices. Main reason for not being certified is to allow for intervention should it be deemed necessary to maintain production.
Self-regulated application of the below practices in vineyard and/or cellar.
No use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides. Use of certain cover crops, methods of soil care, and other specified vineyard care.
Wine made according to strict standards - use of approved, organic yeast, and no added sulfites or other specified additives. Does not imply that the wine is vegan (allows for specified fining agents (including egg whites) and enzymes). In certain regions this is extended to chaptalisation and acid addition.

Critics Ratings

‘The 2009 is 70% Touriga Nacional and 30% Touriga Franca, aged for 13 months in new oak. The Symingtons' recent acquisition, the historic Quinta de Roriz estate, for the first time is in play here, making up nearly 40% of the blend. The rest is from Perdiz and Vila Velha. From a small, dry, hot vintage, this needed a little time to show better. It is beginning to strut its stuff and starting to fulfil the promise I thought it had, but it is developing slowly. The oak has started to integrate much better. While it retains its intensity of flavor and is hardly for the shy, it has begun to show a bit more class and integration, not just flamboyance and sex appeal. Its underlying power is asserting itself a little as well. With the time in the bottle, it seems more tightly knit, still unevolved, tooth-staining and mouth coating. Showing just hints of complexity now, it certainly will reward more time in the cellar and it has not really begun to reveal all that it has. It is a big, big Chryseia. At the moment, I would still give the nod to the more evolved and expressive 2007, but this certainly has the potential to be the best Chryseia ever. Drink 2014-2024.’ - Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 94/100 (Dec 2012)

‘A refined red, showing plenty of peppery accents to the concentrated flavors of roasted plum, with shadings of dried berry and cherry. Very zesty and savory on the finish, which extends with green olive notes. Offers fine balance and structure.’ - Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, 92/100 (Feb 2012)


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