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Producer: Colomba BiancaGrape Varieties: 100% SyrahOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Full bodied intense redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: Italy
A rich, deep and intense Syrah showing mature fruits with nuances of black pepper. Full bodied with velvety tannins and a lingering hint of exotic spice on the finish.
Established in 1970, Colomba Bianca Cantine is the largest Sicilian grower cooperative and the biggest Italian producer of organic wine, with more than 1,800 hectares dedicated to organically farmed vines. Colomba Bianca also has a further 7,500 hectares of vineyards, growing indigenous and international varieties. Despite their size, they engage in a philosophy of micro-viticulture and micro-winemaking to ensure the ultimate precision, quality and expression of terroir. The stunning range of single variety and innovative blends are tailor-made under the watchful eye of head winemaker Mattia Filippi. Dynamic and passionate, the Cantine is constantly evolving with investments in the vineyards and in the technology of their five specialist wineries. With their sights firmly fixed on the future of Sicilian wine, Colomba Bianca is fast becoming one of the leading names in organic winemaking in Italy.
2015 may be considered as one of the best vintages in Sicily, in the past decade.
The highest standards are attained here in these sun-drenched vineyards, through the use of innovative technology and the careful process of mapping the terroir according to the weather patterns, harvesting time, soils and vine age. The grapes undergo a sensory analysis and are hand harvested at the optimum maturity levels, according to the terroir and microclimate of the vineyard. They are then harvested into 20kg containers, to prevent the grapes from being prematurely crushed. The vineyards are made up of distinct soil and climate conditions and range from sealevel up to 700 metres above sea level, imparting subtle complexity into the wine.
The grapes were carefully sorted, de-stemmed and crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures with selected yeasts. 50% of the wine was then matured in French oak barrels for a period of six months.
A perfect match for a juicy steak with a peppercorn sauce, barbecued pork dishes and mature cheeses.
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Picked this up, really only because i had enjoyed a white wine from the same producer immensely. Very glad I did branch out. This was very enjoyable red wine, very good value. Will order some more
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