Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C. 2009

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

Intense ruby-red color with damask-violet tints. Generous bouquet with touches of ripe fruit and the typical spices of this grape variety, with attractive hints of vanilla. The flavor is full and delicate, with soft and elegant tannins. A balanced marriage between the depth of this product and the uniqueness of this exceptional terroir.

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012

    "Nadir is an impressive rendition of Syrah that delivers round, sweet aromas of blackberry, cherry, rum cake and smoked bacon. The high quality of the mouthfeel also sets this wine apart: It is soft, modern and very rich."

    Grade: Editors Choice
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Nathan Wesley
    Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    "Game, spice and wild herb flavors mark the suave plum and berry coulis notes in this medium- to full-bodied red, which lingers with chalky aftertaste"

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