2015 Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon
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TASTING NOTES

Nuanced aromas of cracked pepper, violets, sage, brambles and black currants. The palate offers delicate, soft tannins with further dark berry and menthol characteristics.

WINE SPECS

Vintage: 2015
Blend: 80% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Production:  140 cases
Alcohol %: 14.6
Titratable Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L
PH: 4.03

VINTAGE REVIEW

The 2015 vintage kicked off with a warmer than average spring combined with minimal precipitation, leading to early bud break and flowering. The rest of the growing season followed suit with record breaking temperatures. Canopy management was key for Painted Rock in 2015.  While harvest happened significantly earlier than normal though out the valley due to spiking sugar levels, we were able to forestall ripening long enough to ensure our phenolic ripeness (tannin) would have time to develop and be in balance with our sugar levels.

WINEMAKING

This wine was created from fruit harvest from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted two years after our initial planting. It was aged in 30% new French oak. Unfiltered

REVIEWS

John Schreiner " The wine is made with grapes from 2009 infill plantings in the Syrah and Cabernet blocks in the vineyard, with each varietal fermented and aged separately from the older plantings. The wine begins with aromas of pepper, black currant and cedar, leading to flavours of plum, black cherry and vanilla. The soft, ripe tannins give the wine a svelte, polished texture."  92 Points