Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C. 2006

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

Additional Information

This wine has a generous bouquet of ripe fruits, with Syrah’s typical spicy character, and attractive vanilla notes. The flavors are full and delicate, with soft and elegant tannins. Nadir is a balanced marriage between the depth of this wine and the unique qualities of this exceptional terroir.

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Is a delicious, vibrant wine. A fresh perfumed bouquet leads to dark plums, cherries, spices and minerals, all of which come together with unusual grace for a wine at this price point.

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009

    Full and ripe with generous amounts of red berry and chocolate. Nadir (a 100% Syrah from Sicily) is a well-crafted wine with chewy, soft tannins and a rich texture. The wine is yielding and succulent with an impressive emphasis on its softness and roundness. It offers excellent value for your money.

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling
    Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008

    "Meat, plum and berry character follows through to a full body, with a round texture and a meaty finish. Drink now.

    Grade: Top Values 2008

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