We were able to work with Les Collines all year and secure four rows of great Syrah from Block 31. Four Rows is not a lot, which allowed us to grab some premium fruit.
Les Collines Vineyard with Milky Way
For this Syrah we did two separate harvest dates, 9/24/19 & 10/7/19 to capture different sugar and acid levels. (Learn more about harvest decisions from our Winemaking Videos)
Brix 23.1 - pH 3.52 - TA 5.4 g/L
Brix 24.5 - pH 3.55 - TA 5.0 g/L
This was an extremely fun wine to make and put together. Like already mentioned, we had two separate harvests (1st Pick & 2nd Pick) from our rows. From our 1st pick, we pulled away 400 lbs and sealed that fruit in a fermenter with dry ice (frozen CO2) for Carbonic Maceration. We co-fermented our first pick with 8% Viognier and 400 lbs Whole Cluster for 20% stem.
When we pulled the trigger on our 2nd Pick, 10/7. we brought out that fermenter that had been undergoingCarbonic Macerationand parked the fermenter under our destemmer. We used that Whole Cluster Carbonic Fruit for the stems for our 2nd Pick. This pick was co-fermented with 2% Viognier.
TheCapswere punched three times per day and the wines were pressed when the tannic structure was in line with our style. These were aged in french oak barrels for 14 months.
Rich Funk, Owner and Winemaker fromSaviah Cellars, allowed me to purchase a ton of his premium Syrah from his Funk Vineyard, which is located inThe Rocks. Rich makes a wine from this vineyard and it is so sought after it has a 2 year waitlist. We would call this ultra premium fruit.
Funk Vineyard with GDC Trelising
We harvested our ton of fruit on 9/25/19. This is when the chemistry looked the best and also had physiological ripeness at its peak
Brix 24.8 - pH 3.89 - TA 4.5 g/L
As a winemaker, when you have premium fruit, from one of the best vineyards, your job is to get out of the way.
We used 25% whole cluster for stem inclusion. We punched down the cap three times per day, while also mixing in pulse air as a midday cap management technique. The wine was pressed when tannin structure was perfect and put into neutral french barrels.