Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C. 2005

Tenuta Rapitala

On Rapitala’s vineyard slope, at 1,000-1,300 feet of elevation, dark clay soils alternate with tufaceous sand. This is the source for the Syrah destined for Nadir, which refers to a location opposite of the Zenith, and therefore the earth.

Terroir: 100% estate fruit is grown on select parcels at 985-1,310 feet above sea level. Guyot-trained vines are planted at a density of 2,300 plants per acre, yielding 36 quintals of grapes per acre.

Vinification:The grapes are harvested mid-September. A cold, pre-maceration lasts for three days and is followed by temperature-controlled fermentation at 77°F. The result is a better extraction of aromas and tannins, which are smooth and enveloping. About 20% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation for four months in second passage, medium-toast French Allier barriques. The wine is then blended with the remaining lots and is aged in barriques for 12 months. In this way we produce a fragrant, fresh, fruity wine and maintain unaltered the varietal characteristics and structure and power expressed by the Syrah grown in the hot Sicilian climate.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Nadir

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"The 2005 Nadir (Syrah) is a generous, deeply-flavored wine loaded with dark cherries, underbrush, licorice, earthiness, herbs and sweet toasted oak. It is a pretty, accessible wine to enjoy over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010. T Rapitala makes a wide range of wines, the best of which are undoubtedly the reds. Readers will find something for every budget, including a number of solid, value-priced wines that offer incredible quality for the money." 88 pts. -Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, Feb. 2008

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  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Friday, February 1, 2008

    "The 2005 Nadir (Syrah) is a generous, deeply-flavored wine loaded with dark cherries, underbrush, licorice, earthiness, herbs and sweet toasted oak. It is a pretty, accessible wine to enjoy over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010. Rapitala makes a wide range of wines, the best of which are undoubtedly the reds. Readers will find something for every budget, including a number of solid, value-priced wines that offer incredible quality for the money."

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