Tasting Notes 2002
Woodthorpe Syrah/Viognier 2002 is a dark ruby colour with aromas of orange zest, raspberry and cracked white pepper. The palate has lovely plum, spice and musk flavours, firm tannins and a long finish. Woodthorpe Syrah/Viognier 2002 will continue to develop in bottle for 4 - 6 years from harvest.
Woodthorpe Syrah/Viognier 2002 is an ideal accompaniment to exotically spiced Middle Eastern dishes, such as tagines, as well as the more savoury examples of European and Mediterranean cuisine.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.4g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Following a traditional warm, hand-plunged ferment, the grapes were given extended maceration on skins before pressing. The resulting wine was run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months maturation during which time it was topped and racked before a traditional egg-white fining and bottling in August 2003.
Handpicked Syrah and a small percentage of very ripe Viognier from our Woodthorpe vineyard were destemmed and co-fermented in open top tanks.
The co-fermentation of Syrah with small amounts of the white grape variety, Viognier, is a traditional winemaking technique in France's northern Rhone Valley. The addition of Viognier introduces a perfume/floral aroma to the soft red berry and spice flavours of Syrah.