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.
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. Pairs well with red meats, games and roasts.
"When I tasted this wine last September it was aggressive and not exactly user-friendly but the intervening nine months have worked their magic, and its now all bright, cherry zip mellowed by round, chocolatey voluptuousness."
This rugged Sicilian Syrah from Tenuta Rapitala captures the essence of Sicily in all of its Mediterranean glory. Southern sun-ripened vines give rise to intense inky purple colors and aromas of smoked spice and dark fruit. All estate grown and built on the back of 100% Syrah grapes, the palate gives way to earthy undertones and concentrated blackberry with a bit of plum fruit. The tannins are firm, the body is medium, with velvety textures and a persistent full-flavored finish.
The Rapitala vineyard (rumored to be named after the river that runs through the Tenuta Rapitala estate) was established in the late 1960s by a French Count, Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, and his wife who decided to plant their native French grapes in sun-kissed Sicilian soil - a novel idea at the time and one met with ultimate success. Today, the estate is run by their son, Laurent, who carries the family's vinous ambitions to a new generation of wine buyers, those looking for a sense of palate adventure and intent on discovering what the same grape can become when planted in diverse soils around the globe. This Rapitala Syrah is an excellent introduction to Sicily's take on the famous French grape."
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