Purple in colour with cherry highlights.
Nose reminiscent of black berries with a slight hint of mint.
Soft on the palate, boasting flavours of blackberry and blueberry jelly and a fresh finish.
Perfect with grilled meats, Provencal or Italian cuisine, as well as with cheeses.
Also known as “Schiras”, “Marsanne Noire” or “Serine”, the exact origins of the Syrah varietal are unknown even though many theories have been put forward. Some say it may have been introduced in the 13th century by the Chevalier de Sterimberg who settled in the northern Côtes du Rhône. Others take its origins back to the 3rd century AD, when the Emperor Probus authorised viticulture in Gaul. A third theory has it coming from Syracuse in Sicily. Today, however, Syrah is not grown in any of its supposed regions of origin.
It is the king varietal of the northern Côtes du Rhône, though its cultivation has recently spread to more southerly regions as well as to the Languedoc, where it alters the bouquet of the wines it is blended with.
- Harvested at optimal maturity
- the grapes were crushed and de-stemmed
- the pomace was left in the must during the 7-day fermentation period with daily pumping-over of the must
- temperatures were maintained at 28°C
- some of the press juices were added during final blending at the winemaker’s discretion