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Les Sorts Sycar
2011 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: A selection of vineyards located around the village of el Masroig.
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: 2nd week of September 2011 for Syrah and last week of October for Carignan grapes.
Yield: Syrah 5 t/ha & Carignan 3.5 t/ha.

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 20 days at 25-26ºCentigrades.
Aged for 13 months in second fill 70% French and 30% American oak barrels, then aged in the bottle for 15 months minimum before release.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Deep ruby color with some hints of blue.
Nose: It is complex displaying notes of violets with spices and fruity characteristics. Ends on hints of cedar, some smokiness and mineral notes.
Palate: Complex with great depth, medium to high concentration. On the back it shows a lot of freshness with some berries and a lingering finish.
Other: This wine will pair well with rich winter dishes as well as grilled ostrich or game.

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 14.2
RS (g/l): 1.8
TA (g/l): 5.5
pH: 3.50