2019 Ballard Canyon 1NGREDIENT Syrah
A natural wine, fermented and aged on the skins for 10 months in amphora. The wine was then hand crushed and aged for an additional 10 months in amphora before being hand bottled and hand labelled. Learn more about our natural 1NGREDIENT label.
The 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah is arguably our finest effort from our 1NGREDIENT label. The wine is produced from Syrah Clone 174 grown in Block Six on Purisima Mountain Vineyard, which was harvested early for this wine, blended with 2.5% 2019 1NGREDIENT Viognier. The wine saw the same aging regiment as the 1NGREDIENT white wines with 10 months of skin contact in amphora followed by an additional year of the wine aging in amphora. As with all our 1NGREDIENT wines, the Syrah is cluster sorted then berry sorted, crushed and bottled by hand with no additives or preservatives. With only 13.5% alcohol, the 1NGREDIENT Syrah is a tremendous achievement from our winery crew.
The inaugural release of a 1NGREDIENT Syrah bottling is an amazing and complex wine. Floral, gamey, and spicy aromas wrap around a core of bright, fresh black cherry and plum. The wine is medium bodied and plush through the mid-palate with smooth tannins and acidity that carry the flavors to a long finish. There is a tremendous mineral side with the limestone and clay from the amphora creating a sensation of crushed wet rock. Amazingly clean, the 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah has the potential to age 50+ years. Decanting is suggested over the next several years.
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