ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• COMPOSITION: 100% Syrah
• pH: 3.92
• TA: 0.45g / 100 ml
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• PRODUCTION: 1,042 cases


Vintage

A warm summer complemented by cool nights provided ideal conditions for our 2007 Syrah. To our surprise, the entire block of Syrah ripened at the exact same time. We were fortunate to have plenty of open tanks eagerly waiting. We began harvest of our 2007 Syrah on the 26th of September, picking the last of the fruit on the 1st of October.


Winemaking

The harvest of the 2007 Syrah was the start of a significant change in cap management here at Gordon Brothers. Previous vintages had been primarily managed by a combination of punch downs and pump over as techniques for rewetting the skins of the fermenting grapes. Based upon the research of a French enologist, the technique of drain and return was initiated once the cap rose on the first tank of our Syrah. For this technique, the wine is taken from the racking valve of the tank, splashed through a stainless steel screen and into a portable sump. The wine is then pumped to a separate tank, allowing the cap to sink to the bottom. Once the wine has been completely separated from the fermenting skins the entire volume of wine is pumped back over the cap, flooding it completely. We saw the benefit of the new technique immediately and implemented it across most of our red wine program. Working with the entire cap and splashing it for increased oxygen in the fermentation gave us healthier fermentations and a deeper, richer color accompanied by improved palate structure. As the wines went dry we pressed the individual Syrahs and let them settle in tank for 24-48 hours. Then we racked and settled the wines a second time for 5-8 days. After the second racking the wines were placed in barrel for malo-lactic fermentation and aging. Assembly of the finished cuvee took place in April of 2011 with bottling following shortly there after.


Winemaker Comments

Blackberries and raspberries leap out of the glass with undertones of olive and sage. This wine is amazingly soft on the palate, with firm but gentle tannins creating a mouthwatering sensation. Flavors of raspberries continue onto a long savory finish with touches of sage. Roast lamb with a Syrah reduction would be a hard combo to beat with this delicious wine.