2016 Austin Hope Mourvedre/Syrah
The 2016 Austin Hope Mourvèdre Syrah blend was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhône varieties to which it is planted. Four Syrah clones and three Mourvèdre clones are planted in separate blocks in the vineyard, all of which are high-density spaced. The vines are carefully managed to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors.
Syrah Clone 470 (Garonne, France) and Clone 383 (Hermitage, France) along with Mourvèdre Clone 233 (France) was hand-picked and fermented separately by variety and vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were barreled down into 72% new and 28% once used French oak barrels where they aged for 31 months. The Mourvèdre and Syrah were racked once during aging and a second time to create the final blend just prior to bottling in June of 2019.
This 2016 blend is a beautifully seductive crimson red that displays black currant and pepper notes that combine with leather and earth aromas. On the palate, savory dried herbs intertwine with black licorice, dried violets and vanilla. This boisterous wines full-body is balanced by velvety soft tannins and bright touch of acidity that is the backbone for this powerful blend.