2016 Syrah Cab Sauv
Nuanced aromas of cracked pepper, violets, sage, brambles and black currants. The palate offers delicate, soft tannins with further dark berry and menthol characteristics.
2016 vintage not yet reviewed.
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2015 Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon (1st vintage released)
92 Points | 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."
This wine was created from fruit harvest from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted two years after our initial planting. Harvest of these rows happned on October 26, 2016. The small batch was cold soaked on the skins for 4 days and fermented for an additional 21 days on the skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. The resulting individual wine was aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak and blended prior to being bottled, unfilteredIt was aged in 30% new French oak.
|Residual Sugar:||2.4 g/L|
The 2016 growing season started out early and similar to 2015 -hot hot hot. Both bud break and flowering were ahead of schedule in the spring with little rainfall, lots of sun and warm temperatures in both April and May. In June things became less consistent with more rain and lower temperatures. This weather continued through July with temperatures continuing to sit below the average for the first half of the month. It was mid-July before 'summer' seemed to kick back in with temperatures sitting around average for the rest of July, August and September.