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Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Syrah 2020

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Andrew Murray Vineyards Roasted Slope Syrah 2020

  • Grapes Syrah 92%, Viognier 8%
  • Country USA
  • Region California Santa Barbara County
  • Abv 14.5 %
  • Body Value: D (A is light, E is full-bodied)
    Residual Sugar: 0
    Contains Sulphites: Yes
    Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/Yes
    Milk/Eggs: No/No
    Organic: No
    Biodynamic: No
  • Case size 12/ 75cl
  • Winemaker: Andrew Murray
  • Closure Diam
  • The wine presents a deep, brooding profile, featuring a harmonious blend of black cherry layered with the robust essence of roasted tomato. Delicate floral notes intertwine with hints of cocoa and toasty oak, adding complexity and depth. The wine's texture is rich, velvety, and indulgent, culminating in a satisfyingly long finish that lingers on the palate.

Vinified with a mix of whole cluster and destemmed fruit in small, open-top vats. The Viognier was added as whole clusters directly to the Syrah lots chosen for the Roasted Slope. Careful extraction techniques were used, mostly manual punch-downs and no more than twice daily. A short pre-fermentation maceration occurred before fermentation at modest temperatures lasting up to two weeks. The free-run and press wine were separated after gentle pressing, the press wine was blended back in depending on phenolic and tannic balance. The malolactic conversion took place naturally in barrels during the 18-month barrel ageing period.

A dark, brooding combination of black cherry layered with roasted tomato, floral notes, cocoa and toasty oak. Rich, velvety and voluptuous, with a deliciously long finish

More Information
CountryUnited States
Bottles Per Case12
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo

In 1996, a nursery mistake resulted in a Syrah vineyard inter-planted with around 8% Viognier. So the decision was made to capitalise on it and co-ferment the two grapes together, just as in the famed Northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie; thus, Roasted Slope was created - it is the literal translation of Côte Rotie. The vineyards in Santa Barbara County have a distinctive topography due to the transverse mountain ranges, cool coastal climate and ancient sea-bed soils. The ranges funnel cool coastal winds from the Pacific Ocean, and these daily breezes are a defining feature of the microclimate. The cordon-pruned vines are cultivated according to sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming principles. Practices include paying attention to soil structure and cover crops to reduce soil erosion and using plant extracts to control pests. The soils consist of sand, gravel and a tiny bit of loam, which naturally reduces vigour in the vines. 100% manual harvesting. 

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