- The Wine
Deep purple-black colour, generous, pleasant and outstanding "sweet" blueberry aromas, sweet spices and a flowery complexity, a "meaty" character, full thick body with an excellent balance between the ripeness of fruit, structure and freshness. Under good storage conditions it will continue to develop complexity and depth for years to come
The Vineyard: For this harvest, the wine was composed from two mature vineyards in the Judean Hills area. The vines were planted on chalky and scanty terra-rossa lands, well drained and not irrigated. Thus the roots were compelled to reach deeper and into mineral soil levels, which contributed to a sharp character and a concentration of tastes in the grape. The yield ranged naturally between 2.5 to 6 tonnes per hectare. The grapes were harvested into small crates in the early hours of the morning and reached the winery for processing. The grape bunches of this variety are very compact and in the 2005 harvest were smaller than usual, while the grape seeds were as large as peas, which raised the skin/juice ratio and further increased the wine concentration.
Vinification: Upon receipt of the harvest, the grapes were separated and were transferred without being pressed to wide fermentation tanks, chilled and fermented in an open container using the "cap breakage" technique, characteristic of the French Rhone Valley pigeage), in order to attain an increased extraction of colour and structure. The grapes' skin contact lasted almost three and a half weeks. After pressing and a short sinking, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and ageing in large French oak barrels, with a 300 litre capacity, for a period of 16 months.
Serving: Vitkin Petite Sirah is especially suited to accompany meat dishes with a strong taste such as venison, lamb or cooked meat in wine and also hard and aromatic cheeses such as Pecorino or Comte. In order to preserve the richness of its tastes, the wine was not filtered or fined except for cores filtration prior to bottling. For this reason there may occur, in time, natural sediments which will not affect its quality.
Ben says (October 2016): The notes above say it all, other than the mature aromas and flavours that have started to creep in with leather and cigar box on the nose in particular. This is a spectacular wine!
- Vintage Information
Product code VITKINPETITESIRAH Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Vitkin Style Red, Single Variety, Dry, Still Key Features Oaked Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Aged In Barrel (new), Barrel (old), Bottle Serving Temperature 18C Vintages 2007 Last Tasted Oct 6, 2016 name: Petite Sirah vintage: 2007 size: 0.75 product code: [NDW9720006] alcohol: 14