2018

Syrah '02

Estate Vineyards Syrah '18

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$22.10/ bottle

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.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.80
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.4g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

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.

Vineyards

Handpicked Syrah and a small percentage of very ripe Viognier from our Woodthorpe vineyard were destemmed and co-fermented in open top tanks.

Origin

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.

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