- Syrah 94% I Viognier 6%
- Syrah Clone 100 Côtes du Rhône, France
- Alcohol 14.5%
- Residual Sugar 2.4 g/l
- Total Acidity 6.0 g/l
- pH 3.69
- Cases Produced 186
- Released 2015
Deep purple/black in colour, the wine gives off a rich bouquet of dark plums and floral aromas with notes of cedar. This is a full bodied wine with soft tannins, good structure and concentrated flavours. Black fruits, leather, white pepper, and chocolate notes fill the mouth layered over silky tannins. The fruit and the oak are particularly well integrated. The long finish shows spice and smokey oak. You can enjoy this wine as you might any Syrah based northern Rhône red.
The grapes were destemmed and put through a gentle crush before small batch fermentation and hand punch down to maximize flavour and extraction. The Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah in the traditional Rhône style. The wine was aged for 18 months in American and French oak, 60% of which were new barrels. Only 100% estate grown fruit was used in this wine. It is the winemaker’s goal to produce a wine that is true to the heritage of the terroir. Special attention is paid to balance the oak with the fruit while integrating the minerality of the soil.
During the 2012 growing season, late spring and early summer months experienced heavier than usual rainfall, generating dynamic growth that required our viticulturist to substantially shoot thin and remove fruit to preserve the quality of the grapes. The end of the 2012 growing season finished with above average heat units allowing ripening to develop evenly through October, resulting in superior fruit quality.