Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2009
This vintage marks Adelaida’s first coupling of two Estate vineyard sites, based on the iconic Australian blend.
This blend follows the Australian model of ying and yang synergy from two Adelaida mountain estates. To quote the winemaker, “the Syrah is the jelly in the donut.” The 70/30 ratio emphasizes the personality of Cabernet with its aromas of mulberries and black berries buttressed by the fuller black fruit component of the Rhone variety.
This synergy produces a creamy texture with hints cocoa, a dense fruity core with a long nutmeg –infused finish. As always with young Cabernet based wines of this pedigree time is your friend, and additional bottle age will tame the current youthfully tannins.
This vintage marks Adelaida’s first coupling of two Estate vineyard sites, based on the iconic Australian blend. Viking Vineyard, at 1800 ft. elevation typically produces small berries from sparse limestone inflected soils, while Anna’s Syrah, a more prolific producer, faces similar challenges on a nearby windswept hilltop, also growing in the ubiquitous calcareous shale. The Syrah, planted in 2001, is showing the broad and deep flavor profile of emerging vine maturity to match the 18 year old seasoned Cabernet. Both of these properties exemplify classic mountain terroir, giving the wine a compactness
and inner energy.
A celebrated, ideal vintage with virtually no heat spikes and even ripening, albeit very low rainfall, the harvest dragged into late October, promoting substantial phenolic extraction from the small ripe berries. This third year of the continuing California drought stressed available water resources. Some frost occurred in early April but an ideal spring contributed to a good fruit set of mostly tiny clusters. The vineyard crew harvested Anna’s Syrah on Sept. 1st and Cabernet in the third week of September.
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