Cayas, Syrah Barrique

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Switzerland  Valais 

Cayas, Syrah Du Valais, is a concentrated Syrah from the “Rhône Supérieur” (the upper Rhône above Lake Geneva).

Features Organic, Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Low Intervention, Vegetarian and Vegan
Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Varieties
  • Alpine Wines Varieties: Syrah
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Cayas Syrah Du Valais is a "Rhône Supérieur" Syrah, and a near legendary wine at great tables in Switzerland and the UK.

This is Syrah at its best: not just Swiss Syrah but any in the world. It is a dark brooding wine that gives an impression of something big and bold. Yet it is a more controlled, concentrated and elegant version of the great French Rhône Syrahs such as Côte-Rôtie - crisper and harmonious thanks to the cool climate.

There’s an almost-perfect balance between acidity and tannins, which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is cool climate Syrah.

Among its many awards is a Gold Medal in Vinalies Internationales Paris and, at the Syrah du Monde 2009, a Gold Medal and the distinction of being one of the Top 10 Best Syrahs.

Up until 2012 the Cayas was in oak for 12 months. Since the 2013 vintage, it spends 24 months in oak. Well worth it!

 

 

Style Red, Still, Dry, Single Variety
Winemaker Cave Jean Rene Germanier
Country Switzerland
Region Valais
Features Organic, Oaked, Reserve, "Slow Wine", Low Intervention, Vegetarian and Vegan
AOC AOC Valais
Aged In Barrel (old)
Varieties Syrah
Composition Syrah 100%
Ripeness Normal
Winemaking Malolactic
It is guaranteed to impress and delight.
Syrah lovers will be blown away, and people who find some Syrah "too much" could perhaps fall in love too.
This is big Syrah with freshness and elegance.
Serve cool, and give it a bit of time .
This wine goes well with all classic red wine pairings red meat, game, and cheese, but it is stunning with duck and pheasant. Mostly, this wine goes well with wine enthusiasts.
Tasting Notes

The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine, a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp with well structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant, vanilla and an earthy minerality, punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost perfect balance between acidity and tannins which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is an excellent example of an oaked cool climate Syrah.

Vintage 2013

We were out of Cayas for months as Gilles Besse decided to switch to a full 2 years maturation. The gap was well worth it. The 2013 is a Syrah for the ages.

Despite its youth the nose already gives many tertiary aromas. The flavours in the mouth are delicious with bunches of ripe black and red berries joined together with a touch of oaky vanilla and plenty of typical black pepper.

At the moment there is a slight imbalance towards acidity but that is being very picky. With a wine this good, you have to look very hard to find anything outside perfection. The balance will alter over time and I expect that, in a couple of years, it will be perfectly balanced. The tannins are soft and the finish is long and fruity.

The colour is dark ruby and intense. You can sense the concentration of grapes in the wine and you are not deceived by your eyes. The aromas on the nose are big and juicy with black fruit and spices in abundance. There is nearly enough pepper there to make you sneeze!

The wine fills the mouth and the acidity and tannins spread out like ripples in a pond, bringing the flavours to all your tastebuds. Blackcurrant leads but is accompanied by other black fruits - berries and cherries - which seem to coat your tongue in an effort to retain the flavour for as long as possible.

The finish is very long and enjoyable with nothing harsh at all. This is a lovely wine that is always worth opening.

I would suggest laying some down but you will need tremendous willpower to manage that!

Vintage 2011

The nose is complex yet surprisingly delicate for such a full-bodied wine - a harmony of forest berries, vanilla, leather and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh and crisp with well-structured tannins, intense fruit flavours including blackberry blackcurrant and redcurrant, vanilla and an earthy minerality punctuated with black pepper.

There’s an almost perfect balance between acidity and tannins which gives Cayas a surprisingly crisp and harmonious finish for a Syrah - this is an excellent example of an oaked cool climate Syrah.

2016
Product Code 41GR0516
Size 75cl
Alcohol 13
2015
Product Code 41GR0515
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14
2013
Product Code 41GR0513
Size 75cl
Alcohol 14
2011
Product Code 41GR0511
Size 75cl
Alcohol 12.8
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