Femme Nue 2017 Syrahvese
Variety: ‘Syrahvese’ Syrah & Sangiovese
Vineyard: Fruit was sourced from two single vineyards to make this blend;
The Malakoff Vineyard outside of Landsborough, Southern Pyrenees. This vineyard was planted in 2000 to Shiraz, the region is renowned for longer and warmer ripening periods during autumn compared to other cool climate regions which presents ideal conditions to ripen Shiraz fully.
Upper King Valley vineyard in the sub-region of Cheshunt. This vineyard was planted in 1992 to Sangiovese, the region is renowned for longer and warmer ripening periods during autumn compared to other cool climate regions which presents ideal conditions for Mediterranean varieties.
Grape Variety: 90% Shiraz (Syrah style) & 10% Sangiovese
Soil Composition: Malakoff Vineyard – Red ferrous clay soils with heavy deposits of quartz and ironstone.
Upper King Valley – Sandy with clay loams
Training System: Vertical shoot position (VSP) for both vineyards
Winemaking: For the Shiraz Component; De-stemmed whole berry into open 1 tonne fermentation pots with approximately 20% of whole bunches added. Juice was inoculated with a suitable yeast culture, the cap was hand plunged twice daily, with a total maceration time of 20 days.
For the Sangiovese component; machine harvested fruit was transferred into open 1 tonne fermentation pots. Fruit was cold soaked initially for 7 days. Juice was inoculated with a suitable yeast culture, the cap was hand plunged twice daily, with a total maceration time of 15 days
Maturation: In 300 Litre French Oak Barrels, 30% new for a period of 18 months, followed by bottle aging for a further 12 months prior to release.
Tasting Notes: Layered with Syrah notes of plum, violet, herbs pepper and spice characters. The Sangiovese provides a burst of refreshing cherry fruit with a savoury finish.