- Syrah 91% I Viognier 9%
- Syrah Clone 100 Côtes du Rhône, France
- Alcohol 14.0%
- Residual Sugar 1.3 g/l
- Total Acidity 6.022g/l
- pH 3.74
- Cases Produced 270
- Released 2016
- SKU 687376
Dark ruby in colour, this classic Syrah expresses earthy aromas with vanilla, leather, mocha and mint accents. Full-bodied with concentrated dark berry fruit flavours, filling the palate are tobacco, vanilla bean, black pepper, clove and ginger spices. A wine with an opulent mouthfeel layered over well-rounded tannins, this vintage is built for aging with good structure and seamless fruit and oak integration. The lengthy finish shows exotic spices and smoky oak. Enjoy this elegant wine as you might any Syrah based northern Rhône red.
Crafted from only 100% estate grown and hand-picked fruit. The grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down to maximize flavour and extraction. A small percent of Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah in the traditional Rhône style. This vintage is almost entirely comprised of free run juice with only a very small quantity of pressed juice added to balance the tannins. The wine was aged for 18 months in American and French oak, 60% of which were new barrels. Beautiful integration of the striking earthy minerality gives the wine exceptional character and quality.
The 2013 growing season commenced with an early start and a cool spring. June experienced wetter conditions, but a long and even summer created an ideal growing climate for the grapes. Autumn brought warm days with October being dry and a little cooler, enabling acidity levels and flavours to be in balance with sugar levels. The 2013 vintage was an excellent growing season following several cooler years with Growing Degree Days totaling 1,579, well above the historical average. The red wines are beautifully balanced showing ripe fruit and nicely integrated tannins.