Porter Family and Shearer vineyards Syrah: 100%
||September 17, 2008
||January 19, 2009
Beach-inspired tropical fruit aromas of mango,
pineapple, passionfruit, and ripe strawberry, with
crashing waves of bright strawberry, red raspberry,
and red currant flavors and a crisp acidity. The
perfect summer wine.
The season began with difficulty – early bud-break
and a late hard frost damaged vines enough that
crop yields were low all across the Valley, which
means that 2008 vintage wines will be in shorter
supply than previous years. Although the yields
were light, the fruit was small-berried,
concentrated, and intense.
This delicious summer wine is made up of 100% Coombsville region Syrah from the Porter Family and Shearer vineyards. These grapes were harvested at the perfect time for rosé wine – when the acids are still bright and the fruit flavors are in the red fruit flavor stage of strawberries and raspberries, red currants and pomegranates. We used a Rhône yeast selection designed to maximize the fruity esters and ferment the wine slowly at a low temperature, around 58°F. By using such a low fermentation temperature, we were able to retain all the great tropical volatile compounds that make this wine so delicious and unique, while still capturing classic rosé characteristics.
Download the 2008 Sandpiper Rosé datasheet