2014 Austin Hope Syrah Magnum
The 2014 Austin Hope Syrah was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap region of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhone varieties to which it is planted. Four Syrah clones are planted in separate blocks in the vineyard, all of which are high-density spaced, ranging from 1750 to 2400 plants per acre. The vines are managed carefully to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors.
The 2014 blend is comprised of four Syrah clones – 470 (Garonne, France), 383 (Hermitage, France), Caldwell and Alban (Cote Rotie, France). The grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted as well as tested for their tannins and structure for determination of their length in extended maturation. These wines of 2014 were held from 30 to 60 days on their skins before the wines were aged for 24 months in mostly new French oak barrels. The Syrah was racked once in the Spring of 2015, and once more just prior to bottling in November of 2016.
The 2014 Austin Hope Syrah has a seductive purple-black core with a violet rim. Intense aromas of muddled blackberry, dried currant and crème de cassis combine with undertones of smoke, leather, herbs de Provence and dried violets. The entry is dense yet vibrant with lush, dark fruit and sweet baking spices. The velvety tannins and lively acidity make for beautifully integrated and age-worthy wine.