Syrah, native to the Rhone Valley of France, is renowned for its intensity of flavor and terroir-specific expression of site. In its home in the Rhone, it mixes dark fruit with a distinct peppery, earthy flavor profile. In Australia, it displays juicy fruit flavors. At Wise Villa we try to unite these divergences into a complex, balanced wine, with a slight bias towards the earthier European style. 2018 was a slightly cooler vintage then average, allowing the grapes to reach full ripeness slowly while retaining fresh fruit & acidity. After hand-picking the grapes, we destemmed but left the berries whole, resulting in partial carbonic maceration (an internal metabolic fermentation which produces candied fruit flavors). We then fermented this wine on the skins in stainless steel tanks at a cool temperature of 65F for 3 weeks, including a 3 day cold soak and extended maceration. This extended skin contact ensured good color, spice and earthy flavor from the stems. We aged this wine on 35% new French and American oak, and cherry, hickory and maple wood. 100% sur lies aging and battonage (stirring of the yeast lees) contribute to rich and earthy flavors. The final wine is deep, rich and full of dark fruit, spice and earth notes.
|Varietal Composition||95% Syrah 5% Petite Sirah|
|Aging||35% new French & Minnesota oak, cherry, maple & hickory wood, 60% neutral oak for 20 months on full sur lies contact with monthly stirring.|