Syrah is a noble Mediterranean grape which gives of its best in bright dry places like our Sicily. Because of this we have a great belief in the future of this variety in our island. This interpretation of Syrah is produced in a modern style, respecting all the characteristics of the vine, from an extraordinary vineyard – Maroccoli at about 400 metres, in an unspoilt area. Powerful and impenetrable, this is a wine destined for long aging.
Territories & Wineries
1999 - Vini d'Italia 2002 Guide de L'Espresso: "15.5 pt."
2001 - WineSpectator gennaio/febbraio 2004: "Score 93 pt." Guida ai Vini Intelligenti: "Vini Intelligenti" Vini d'Italia 2003 - Gambero Rosso: "Tre Bicchieri" Bibenda settembre/novembre 2003: "89 pt.".Gran Jury Europèen (GJE), Degustation d'une sèlection de syrah du millèsime 2001: pt: 86.40.
2002 - Vini d'Italia 2004 - Gambero Rosso: "Tre Bicchieri"Japan International Wine Challenge 2004: "Silver Medal" Wine Spectator 91 points Gambero Rosso 2005 90 pointsDecanter -the world's best wine magazine: 15.6 pt. Le complèment idèal du Guide du Vin - 4 stelle Decanter :the world Wine Awards 2005- Silver award - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 89/100
2003 - DuemilaVini 2006 A.I.S.: 4 Grappoli.Wine Spectator -April 2006-New Releases:Italy 88 pt.
2004 - Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 91 pt. Decanter 2007: Medaglia di Bronzo.Quarterly Review of Wines 2007:Syrah 2004: Excellent..Wine Spectator Dec.15,2007-About the Buying Guide: pt.91. Wine Spectator_Jan./Feb.2008:The 2007 Compendium:91 pt.
2005 -Syrah du Monde 2007: Bronze Medal - Wine Enthusiast (Buying Guide): 91 pt - Decanter World Wine Awards 2008: Silver Medal
2006 - I Vini Veronelli 2009 (Veronelli Editore): 3 stars - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009: Silver medal - Euposia (Syrah dal mondo): 89 pt - Wine Enthusiast "February 2009": 90 pt - Wine Spectator "September 2009": 90 pt - Robert Parker "February 2009": 90 pt - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 89/100 - 1st China Wine Challange: Silver Medal
2007 -Syrah du Monde 2009: Silver Medal - Guida Vini d'Italia 2010 de L'Espresso: Outsider (most representative wine of its denomination) - 17° Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: 84.42 pt
2008 - Guida ai Vini 2011 "Giornale di Sicilia": Five Stars
Guida Slow Wine 2012, "Grande Vino" - Maroccoli, Syrah 2008 /Slow Food Editore
Above sea level
4.500 vines per hectare
Vintage distinguished by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September.
Almost perfect vintage; well concentrated reds with hot clear tannin.
A cooler summer (as in 2004) resulted in very fruity full white wines for slow maturation, and varietal reds with hot dense tannin.
Hardly any rain in winter and spring. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest of Italy.
Rather more rain than usual refreshed some of the harvest; reds with colour and body.
Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites
Abundant spring and winter rain perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition.
A rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage. The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes.
Grecanico wine is particularly excellent, just as the early varieties Chardonnay and Viogner. Fiano wine will get back to its highest quality, such as the 2001 vintage.
The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. Syrah is just perfect: a dry and luminous vintage provided us with a superior quality. The other French varieties are intense and varietal; the Nero d'Avola, the part of La Segreta Rosso blend, is at its top.
The harvest began with a delay of about 10-14 days (August 17). Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
Time of Harvest
Destalking followed by 21 days on the skins at 25⁰C; after racking, malolactic fermentation follows in stainless steel and wood; maturation in barriques for 14 months
To drink at once or age for 7/10 years