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Les Sorts Sycar
2006 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard:
Soil Type: The soil is mainly chalky, with some areas of clay and schist, all with high mineral content and low yields.
Vine Age: The Syrah is 20 years old and old Carignan is around 50 years old.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: Syrah last week of September and Carignan mid October 2006.
Yield: 5t/ha in Syrah and 3.5t/ha in Carignan.

Vinification:

Les Sorts Sycar 2006 is a blend of 40% Syrah and 60% Carignan, hence its name which is a combination from the two varietals. It comes from old, low yielding vineyards.
The wine was fermented using the indigenous yeast from the fruits and macerated for 25 days at 26º Centigrade.
Aged for 14 months in new and second fill oak barrels; 65% French and 35% American oak. The wine was then aged in bottle for 12 months.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Very deep ruby with some hints of blue.
Nose: Red and black fruits like blueberry and blackberry jam. Minerals and flowers such as violets, with a finish of spices mixed with dark chocolate.
Palate: Ripe fruit with ripe tannins, fresh and long in the finish. Very pleasing with no edges.
Other: It goes well with game meats or rich hearty sauces,

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.5
RS (g/l): 1.4
TA (g/l): 5.4
pH: 3.5