IL SYRAH AFFASCINANTE ED ELEGANTE QUI NEL RODANO.
Origin: In the centre of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, in the municipality of Ampuis, stands the locality of “Bonnivières”, a handsome east-facing hillside of mica schist. The “Terres Sombres” cuvée was made chiefly with wines from this locality.
Soils: schists typical of the north of this AOC area.
Varieties planted: syrah.
Viticulture : high-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectare). No insecticides or pesticides, few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser, with respect of soil and vine balance. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape maturation.
Vinification: the grapes are hand-picked; and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. Fermented with native yeasts in open, temperature-controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques.
Maturing: 18 months in barriques.
Style: a complex, profound wine with a nose of dark fruits, spice, tobacco, and a faint roasted edge. Clean and pure on the palate, revealing a rich rounded style. Long, powerful finish. Silky tannins.
Ageing: wine vinified for laying down; slightly hard when young. Preferable to wait 4-5 years, but it can age 15 years or
Pairing: game or other strong meat (e.g. pavé of beef in a mustard-grain crust)