2018 The Reward | Syrah
A treasure trove abundant with flavor and finesse.
Hailing from the wind swept hillsides of the Santa Lucia Highlands, this Syrah offers unparalleled aromatic vibrancy and complexity. Incredibly pure to its deep ruby core, notes of white pepper, gooseberry, and fresh citrus peel reach far beyond the rim of the glass. This wine is approachable in its youth, showcasing elegant berry and spice notes, complemented by soft, supple tannin and fresh 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 80 Syrah vines that provide the fruit for The Reward. 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.
Delicately hand-harvested before sunrise on October 1st, this fruit was carefully sorted and destemmed at the winery before a 14 day cold-soak in a 60-gallon oak barrel. Prior to and during native fermentation, punch downs were done daily, by hand, to maximize the extraction of color, tannin, and aromatics. After an additional 45 days in barrel to complete fermentation, the wine was drained to a small French oak barrel. After completing malolactic fermentation, The Reward was aged for 15 months before being hand bottled into 750mL bottles due to its extremely limited production.
Cases produced: 10 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.