The Colgin Syrah is vinified from four separate one acre parcels at IX Estate each with its own site specific attributes. All four plots have a different clone and rootstock combination along with soil changes which create four distinctive components. To craft the most complex final blend, we ferment and age all lots separately, selecting only the finest barrels. Fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 30 to 35 days. After 22 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was racked only once in preparation for bottling. The wine was bottled in August 2009 without fining or filtration. Utilizing many old and modern winemaking techniques, we strive to create a Syrah that is varietally correct, site specific and to uphold the Colgin dedication to quality.
Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:
The 2007 IX Estate Syrah boasts the most complex and concentrated aromatics we've ever experienced in our syrah. This wine was so exciting in the making. As soon as the grapes were put into their open top tanks, the juice became instantly black. Once the fermentation began, the wines formed tantalizing aromas that have since carried through to bottle. Thanks to the cool weather that led up to the picking, the wine is very fresh and very expressive. As I taste it before release, a beautiful perfume of floral and spice leap from the glass. Darker notes of cured meats, cracked pepper, black olive, and jerky soon follow, along with the telltale notes of the IX Estate of wild sage, bay laurel and clay mineral. The unctuous tannins coat the palate while the savory flavors bring a succulent quality to the wine through to the finish. The 2007 Syrah has the freshness and approachability to drink near term, yet the dense flavors, rich structure and natural acidity will allow the wine to evolve beautifully for 15 years or more.
We released 450 cases of the 2007 Colgin IX Estate Syrah in November 2010.