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 French oak barrels. In 2010, fermentation and maceration resulted in an average vatting time of 31 days. After 20 months of barrel ageing this Syrah was bottled in June 2012 without fining or filtration.
Tasting Notes from Winemaker Allison Tauziet:
The cooler growing season helped to bring new dimensions of flavor to our 2010 IX Estate Syrah. In addition to the wonderful orange blossom and violet perfume that our syrah frequently exudes, in 2010 we have deliciously dense flavors of charred beef and grilled duck meat. A brooding mixture of these savory meats and feminine floral fruits continues into the palate, where suave, savory tannins take over. There is a wonderful salty flavor on the palate, very reminiscent of the northern Rhone. Because of the sheer density of this wine, I anticipate it will age for 15 years or longer. Upon release it is luscious and creamy, but the structure of the tannin should guarantee the wine will support a long aging provided good provenance.