International Silver Medal Winner
Texas Hill Country
Syrah 50% Sangiovese 50%
Syrah - [See-ra] Syrah loves heat and with its thick skins adapts well to the warm climactic condition of the Texas Hill Country venue. It satisfies the revival of interest in robust heavy reds. From the Northern Rhone valley, Syrah provides firm tannin and aromatics as well as currant fruit and blackberry. It can taste of smoke, pepper and tar. It is intensely dark blood red in color. It produces wines of elegance and longevity. According to the intent of the winemaker’s style, it may produce elegant restrained wine or exhibit intense fruit.
Sangiovese - [San-jee-oh-VEH-say] literally “Sanguis Jovis”, in Latin “blood of Jove” probably from pre-1700 Tuscany. Sangiovese vineyards are at home where the limestone soils of the Texas Hill Country produce wines with more forceful aromas. It thrives in the hot dry climate provided by Tuscany and Central Texas since its’ thin skins may rot in dampness and the grape does not mature well above 1500 feet. Sangiovese is fruity with fairly high acidity and usually of medium body with a range from firm and elegant to assertive and robust where it may have a strawberry, blueberry, slightly floral or a plum character.