Syrah IGT Terre di Sicilia

Sicily

Passo del Tempio

These wines are made by Alana McGettigan and Matt Thomson at a private...

winery in the hills outside of Trapani. Alana manages to fit this into her other commitments(Alpha Zeta, Ponte del Diavolo and Il Faggio) as the harvest for Catarratto and Syrah is in the first half of September. She selects the fruit from the estate's vineyards and vinifies it in their modern winery, which is well equipped with a must chiller, stainless steel tanks and temperature control. Sicily's temples were built by the Greeks, who brought the vine to Sicily 3,000 years ago. Today, alongside the remains of the finest temples is a path (Passo del Tempio) that enables you to wend your way past these magnificent buildings.

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Vineyards

The vineyards are located in the hills outside Trapani, Western Sicily in the Erice region, close to the town of Fulgatore. Most of the vineyards are on a gentle slope, with tilled terra rossa soil, at an altitude ranging between 200-400 metres. The vines are trained in the guyot system.

Vintage Information

In 2016 the winter in Sicily was warm and dry. Summer did not bring with it the customary African heat – with the exception of July – nor any of the much-desired rain. Yields were lower due to the hydric stress suffered by the vines, but lower crop levels meant that vines were able to ripen their grapes despite the lack of water. In order to preserve acidity, growers began the harvest up to two weeks earlier than in more typical vintages. The resulting wines show good body with fresh balancing acidity.

Vinification

The fruit was machine harvested and transported to the winery where it was crushed and destemmed and put into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters. Fermentation lasted around five days at a maximum temperature of 30°C, and the must was pumped over very gently several times a day. In order to control the extraction of harsher tannins, the pump overs were reduced at the end of ferment. The wine was then pressed gently and went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was shipped to Verona shortly after fermentation and stored in temperature controlled tanks until bottling in April.

Tasting Notes

Crimson in colour, with vibrant black fruit and berry perfumes. The wine has a lovely balance between ripe fruit characters and a firm structure on the palate. This Syrah is accessible, supple and rounded on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Sicily
Winemaker Alana McGettigan
Alcohol (ABV) 13%