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2018 High Ground Syrah

Winemaker's Reserve       

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Tasting Notes

The extensive hang time of this vintage has created for us, a uniquely ripe wine, but because of the length of ripening it is deeply layered. There are the telltale fresh red fruits, but they are strongly mingled with dried cranberries, rose petals, and freshly split cherry wood. The endurance of the High Ground’s natural acidity makes the aromas vacillate from plums, strawberries and dates to cinnamon, cedar and a touch of leather.

Vineyard Notes

2018 came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. The vines awoke two weeks late due to a cool spring, had an ample crop, which had to be thinned, and then cool weather at the end of September brought an early rain which delayed ripening another week. Vintners braced for the worst. Next thing we knew, the skies cleared, and we enjoyed a slow harvest with beautiful fruit. This was one of our latest harvests which resulted in long hang times creating developed and complex aromas in the wine.

Winemaker Notes

The fruit cold soaked for 24-hours and was inoculated with yeast the next morning. Pumping over the Syrah was adjusted in duration and frequency, depending on taste and yeast activity (one to three times per day). The ferments were pressed off between one and four brix and then returned to tank. Once dry, the wine was racked off lees and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrel, and upon completion, racked into barrel for 26 months. Though the wine was filtered, owing to its time in barrel, fining was not necessary.


If opening it this spring give it time to breathe and pair it with a savory meal, like mushroom risotto or duck.


93 points ~ Wine Enthusiast


BEST IN CLASS - Boston Wine Competition Platinum Award ~ Boston Wine Competition
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Vintage 2018
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Syrah
Varietal Composition 100% Syrah
Appellation Yorkville Highlands
Harvest Date October 8-18, 2018
Acid 6.2 g/L
PH 3.69
Aging 34 months
Barrel Aging 22 months 100% Syrah
Bottling Date August 22, 2020
Alcohol % 14
Size 750 ml