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.
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.
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
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 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
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 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Suckling
"Meat, plum and berry character follows through to a full body, with a round texture and a meaty finish. Drink now.
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