Syrah Opimiam IGT Lazio 2019 – Cantina Gaffino
Lazio and Syrah are a promising combination, and we are seeing more of it with each successive vintage. Much of it comes from volcanic soils which is the case here. The Cantina Gaffino 2019 Syrah Opimiam is dark and rich with thick layers of blackberry, dried plum, spice, leather and tobacco. You get depth and softness backed by plenty of texture and density. This is a full-bodied wine with a midnight black appearance to pair next to grilled or stewed game meats. Production is just 6,700 bottles.
” 91/100 Wine Advocate Robert Parker”
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The winery is located in Lazio, a few kilometers from southern Rome, and covers an area of 32 hectares, of which 28 are planted with vines.
“We are fortunate to have all the characteristics to give the vine and its fruit all that is necessary to ensure healthy and balanced growth: geographical position, origin of the volcanic soils, the right exposure and an altitude above sea level.
Our story is a family story. A story where wine is a love project that draws its strength and its foundations from the work and passion of the people who have dedicated themselves to it for three generations.
In our vineyards only the vines that best adapt to the climate and soil of this area are grown. The grapes are selected on the plant and harvested at their moment of correct ripeness. The different varieties are thus processed and kept separate by variety throughout the winemaking process.
The attention we put in the vineyards and the selection of the grapes allows us to obtain high quality grapes that do not require particular treatments in winemaking.”
Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape. The difference between the two stems from regional expressions and climate-driven styles. Winemakers who work in cooler-climate growing regions, both in the Old World and New World, tend to call their wines Syrah. The most famous examples come from the northern Rhône Valley of France. In the New World, in regions like Sonoma Coast, California; Yarra Valley, Australia; and parts of Chile, the wines are called Syrah because they emulate the leaner, acid-driven, savory styles of the Old World French classics.
Shiraz tends to come from warmer growing climates, namely the South Australian regions of Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. Stylistically, these wines are lush, fruit-forward examples that embody the warmer, sunnier climate.
The wines are opaque, ruby-purple in hue, and offer concentrated jammy aromas and flavors of blueberry and blackberry, along with big, ripe tannins. Smokey notes along with black pepper spice, are also characteristic. Alcohol levels tend to be higher then “Syrah”, as are degrees of oak use and oak aging.
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