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Chile: a study in Syrah
9 Oct 2012 by Richard Hemming
My MW dissertation studies are obviously getting the better of me, because these days I find myself looking at everything through statistically tinted spectacles while wearing an analytical hat. Hence I approached a large, generic Chilean tasting with the idea of tasting only single-variety Syrahs to see if there were any conclusions to draw. Fifty wines and one particularly purple tongue later, I examined my data. The mean score of the set is 15.75, which is respectable, though serves to underline the theory that Chile is a source of mainly average-quality wine. The mean alcohol level is 14%, which is no surprise either, although given...

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