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Les Sorts Sycar
2008 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: Various vineyards.
Soil Type: The soil is mainly chalky, with some areas of clay and shist, all with high mineral content and low yields.
Vine Age: Combination of old Carignan (around 60 years) with young Syrah (20 years old)
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: 3rd week of September 2008 for Syrah, and 2nd week of October for Carignan grapes.
Yield: 5 tones/ha (Syrah)/ 3.5 tones/ha (Carignan)

Vinification:

Sycar is a blend of 40% Syrah and 60% Carignan, hence its name created 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 25-26ºCentigrades.
Aged for 15 months in second fill 70% French and 30% American oak barrels, then aged in the bottle for 20 months minimum before release.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep ruby color with some hints of blue.
Nose: Shows complexity on the nose; Cassis, violets, blueberries, are some of the fruity characteristics showing followed by hints of cedar, smokiness and mineral notes.
Palate: Full-flavored with depth, complexity and concentration. On the back it shows a lot of freshness with some blueberry and a lingering finish.
Other: This wine will pair well with rich winter dishes as well as grilled ostrich or game.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.9
RS (g/l): 1.8
TA (g/l): 5.3
pH: 3.60