90 Points Wine Spectator: Dark and toasty, with layers of mesquite, licorice and spice cake wrapped around a core of jammy black plum, kirsch and blackberry preserves notes, which gain weight in the rich finish. Drink now through 2014.
very strong wine rich with flaver ... don't dribk it alone
Wonderfull Syrah . Best buy I made this year .
Wine Maker Notes
Winter 2010 brought a cold July and delayed the bud break by approximately 10 days, and that delay was maintained during spring. Summer was colder than normal with limited sunlight and December and January brought some rainfall which was unusual but beneficial for the vineyard after the dry winter and spring conditions. The cloudy summer resulted in decreased lightening, so maturity came at regular but slow pace and we didn’t have the excess of sun that can occur sometimes. February was, on the contrary, hot and sunny as usual. Fall brought threatening clouds so it was very important to harvest fast, considering the risk of rain.
Our winemaking philosophy remains very natural and we adhere to minimal intervention. Our key points are 100% hand harvesting, strict fruit selection by 78% optical state of the art grape selection and 22% hand de-stemming of the grapes at our Clos Apalta Winery. All fermentations were made with wild yeast.