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Vintage: 2012

Varieties: Syrah

Picking dates: September 20

Analytical data: Alcohol = 14,1%
Total acidity = 5.5 g/L (tartaric acid)
Color Intensity = 17 AU
Poliphenols = 50 AU
Total sulfur = 65 mg/L

Technical notes: So de Syrah has been harvested fresh early in the morning. The grapes are destemmed and lightly squeezed to make a 48-hour cold maceration. We make a traditional fermentation in steel tanks. Grapes are gently pressed to take only the run off and the best press wine. After a cold gravity racking, the wine is clarified (gelatin and egg albumin), filtered and ready for bottling. Electrical and water consumption is minimized in the working process. The transport distance of both grapes and fractionation raw material (bottles, taps and boxes) has been reduced to the maximum. All waste and residuals are valued and recycled (distillation and composting of marc and stems). With these considerations, the resulting carbon footprint of producing a bottle lock and released is 3.1 kg CO2/bottle.

Tasting Notes: Well covered cherry color. Violet edges denote its youth. Intense and expressive nose of ripe red fruits. Notes of licorice and violet. The taste is rich and balanced. A fresh finish.

  Service: Serve between 13 and 15ºC
Aging Potential = 2 years

Vineyard: The grapes come from lime-sandy Sirah vineyards on trellis located near Fuente La Higuera, and from irrigated vines on clay loam soil on La Vall dels Alforins.

Weather: Vintage 2012 has been a year of low production and good concentration in DO Valencia. A dry winter and a cold February caused a slow cycle entry. We had warm temperatures in Spring with timely rainfall in late March. An extremely dry May led to a good flowering and fruit set of vines. We had a hot summer (June-August), with episodes of extreme heat in June (June 10th and 21st and August 16th). Extremely dry summer without rains. These conditions reduced the production, giving good concentration in grapes. We had an advanced in maturation, especially in the early varieties, which can suffer problems in poliphenolic ripening.

In late September temperatures fall, recovering in the 2nd week of October. Torrential rains in late September, and a dry October. Gradual picking for early and middle cycle varieties (syrah). The late cycle varieties suffer a small delay due to the rains and the fall of sunstroke, balancing the maturities. No presence of botrytis. We had 80mm of rain in Fontanars till picking date.
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