Syrah 2011

VARIETY and STYLE

Single vineyard, 100% pure single varietal Syrah from ‘Hermitage’ clone grapes. An unfined wine, cellar-aged for 11 years before release in 2020. A classic, well-balanced cool-climate Waiheke Syrah, similar to those from  ‘Cote Rotie’ – with velvet tannins, complex black plums, cassis and spice.

$69.00

CELLARING

5 – 8 years

VINTAGE

2009 was a very good vintage years on Waiheke with good flowering, excellent fruit set, long dry periods, cool marine winds and insignificant rain events leading up to harvest in April allowing fruit to reach optimal phenolic maturity.

VITICULTURE

The seven-year old vines were intensively canopy managed with bud rubbing, shoot thinning, shoot positioning and green harvest.

VINIFICATION

The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the morning, sorted in the field, destemmed and lightly crushed within 20-30 minutes of harvesting.Fermentation was in small (900 and 1500L) batches in open-top fermenters, with hand-plunging and pump overs, followed by a 17 day maceration before the wine (mainly free-run) was run to barrel for MLF. Elevage was carried out on a low sulphur regime at 14-15 degrees using 30% new oak (50-50 French and American medium toast)for 12 months. After four rackings the wine was bottled without fining. No animal products. Cellar aged.First release Island of Wine Expo, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, September 2012.

TECHNICAL DATA
Harvest Date: 6 April 2009
Bottled: 23 August 2011
Viticulturists: Lance Blumhardt
Winemaker: Lance Blumhardt
Brix at harvest: 24.2 degrees
Alcohol (% vol): 13.6%/vol
pH: 3.73
TA (g/L): 6.7
Residual sugar (g/L): 1.2
PACKAGING

Premium Bordeaux Antique Green glass; 12x750ml (6×2 layflat carton +moulded liners); Stelvin closure

CERTIFICATIONS:

WWA Certified 100% Sustainable Waiheke Grown Grape; Export Certified; Vegetarian and Vegan suitable;
Available to Trade