Syrah 2018
Les Crêtes
Region: Val d’Aosta

Tasting Notes

More Rhône-inspired than New World “Shiraz”, what this wine lacks in alcoholic punching power it makes up for in complexity and depth. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, white pepper, violets and plum. Flavours of black cherry, blackberry, minerality, cocoa and baking spice are framed by balancing acidity and a generous amount of tannic structure. Serve at cellar temperature with grilled lamb chops, brisket or mushroom stuffed ravioli.

Syrah is grown throughout the world, producing beautifully diverse and interesting wines. Syrah was found to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. The style and flavour profile of Syrah is greatly influenced by the climate in which the grapes are grown. Moderate climates, such as the northern Rhône Valley and parts of the Walla Walla AVA in Washington State, tend to produce medium- to full-bodied wines with medium to high levels of tannins and notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper. In hot climates, Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of licorice, anise and earthy leather. In cooler climates like the Val d’Aosta, care must be given to allow plenty of daytime sun to allow ripening before the cool evenings arrive.

Surrounded by the Alps, the Valle d’Aosta is home to the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe. The region is divided into three main vineyard areas: the upper valley,Valdigne; the central valley; and the lower valley. Most vineyards in the Aosta Valley occupy the steep, south-facing slopes above the Dora Baltea river, a tributary of the Po. The dramatic topography and diminutive size of the valley mean that the area available for viticulture is limited. Much of the valley floor, with its mineral-rich, well-watered soils, is simply too fertile for quality viticulture. As a result, most of the best vineyards here are on the lower slopes, and climb steadily up to top altitudes of around 1300m above sea level.

The Coteau la Tour Vineyard was so named for the ruins of an old watchtower that overlooks the ancient Savoy castle at Sarre. The vineyard is planted on a hill in the middle of the Upper Valley (Valdigne) that is completely encircled by rows of vines.

Hand-harvested from the stunning Coteau la Tour vineyard, the grapes are transported and crushed during the cool evening and early morning hour. After the long, slow fermentation at temperature control in stainless steel, the wine receives nine months of aging in French oak barriques before bottling.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Syrah

Classification: N/A

Orientation: South-South-East

Appellation: N/A

Gradient: 650 masl

Soil: Sand, moraine

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable