2019 The Reward | Syrah
A treasure trove abundant with flavor and finesse.
Truly bursting from the glass with each swirl, this Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah possesses intense, powerful aromatics of cassis, cedar, bacon fat, and perfumed notes of fresh violets. Continuing to gain volume with each new vintage, this wine coats the palate with concentrated flavors of blueberry jam, spiced plum, and white pepper. With each passing minute, this Syrah continues to unfold layers of soft tannin, backed by vibrant, youthful acidity.
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THE VINEYARD SITE
Known and recognized as a Grand Cru site for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the Pisoni Vineyard is the land hosting Bibiana González’s suitcase clone planted in 2015. This is Cattleya’s own selection massale. The vines are tended to with care and respect by vineyard manager Mark Pisoni. Influenced by cool mornings, long hours of fog and rugged soil, the vines slowly ripen the fruit on granite soils.
Hand-harvested from a select few rows within the Pisoni Vineyard on September 24th, this Syrah was received at the winery early in the morning hours, where our crew hand-sorted each cluster, ensuring only the finest fruit would be fermented. A 10 day cold soak followed by a 20 day native fermentation both took place in an open 132 gallon French oak puncheon. Color, tannin, and aromatics were carefully extracted by hand through twice daily manual punch downs and painstaking temperature control. Upon completion of primary fermentation, the wine was drained by gravity to a small, neutral French oak barrel for malolactic fermentation and aging. After 16 months of maturation in our cellar, The Reward was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Cases produced: 15 cases (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
After 7 years of protecting the scions of a suitcase clone, The Reward was born. Thankful to the masters of vineyards in Côte-Rôtie and to my uncompromised passion for Syrah, Cattleya Wines could plant and tend to its own selection. Nurturing a small amount of 80 vines at the Pisoni Vineyards, The Reward showcases the purity of Syrah in California.