Huge bottle, deepest punt I have ever seen and a rather silly back label text: "One super continent. A united land, an extensive valley, an eternal ocean... 250 million years ago, the sea floor spread, and Pangea broke up into continents. Pangea is the perfect expression of two continents joined together; a premium Syrah from the Apalta Vineyards of Viña Ventisquero, Chile, and the renowned Australian winemaker, John Duvel [ex-Grange]. Joining cultures, philosophy and a passion for wine." Perhaps I am a bit silly but I find such pseudo-poetic back labels that say very little to be very funny. Sadly the wine inside this package didn't really get any better (the front label is perhaps the best thing about the wine).
Pangea Syrah Apalta Vineyard 2004 - Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley
Very dark. Very oaky, jammy, very alcoholic, cough-syrupy but with also a slight savouryness peeking in through all the over-ripe and over the top elements. Fat, jammy and oaky, but it does have some tannins so it isn't only about the fruit and oak. Harsh and painfully alcoholic aftertaste with spiky acidity. Impressive for all the wrong reasons.