2018 HFE Bio Syrah

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2018 HFE Bio Syrah
2018 HFE Bio Syrah
Tasting notes

Rustic, woodsy, meaty, with earthy dark, tart fruits, a lot of earth, smoke, but with a nice touch of sweet herbs and wild blueberry. Rich and full, this Syrah has nice sweetness with a lot of backbone and structure. Flavors of earthy fruit, spice and vanilla coffee. This wine has a laid back feel, while exuding luxury. 

CELLARING: This wine is lovely now but, like other Red Mountain wines, should age well, probably peaking in 5 years, but still very drinkable at 10 years old.

Production notes

Grapes are from the Hedges Estate Biodynamic vineyard.  Harvested and crushed into bins where they underwent indigenous yeast fermentation. After pressing the wine was aged in barrel where it underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 56% new oak, 69% American oak and 31% French oak for 18 months before bottling. 

 

Other notes

HARVEST: The 2017-2018 winter was extremely mild, fairly dry and quite the opposite of the snow and ice ravaged winter we saw the year before. This mild winter really tricked the vines and other early Spring bud pushing plants to sprout out quickly. Hedges’ estate vineyards were pruned early (beginning in late January) in anticipation for this early bud break and the vines really responded well. We added a few more Biodynamic practices into the mix, such as home brewed horsetail tea spray, which helped us escape some mildew pressure in June. The heat of summer and long sunny days advanced ripening, but the maturation period of early September and October was mild which made for a harvest that you could pick fruit at a slow and steady pace. Overall, the 2018 vintage is going to be a good one!

Vintage2018
VarietalSyrah
Varietal Composition100% Syrah
AppellationRed Mountain AVA
Vineyard100% Hedges Estate Biodynamic Vineyard
Acid5.5 g/L
PH3.96
AgingThis wine is lovely now but, like other Red Mountain wines, should age well, probably peaking in 5 years, but still very drinkable at 10 years old.
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml

91 - Jeb Dunnuck

 

Double Gold - NW Bellingham Wine Awards

 

Silver - Paris Wine Cup

 

Top Wine - Slow Wine Guide

Sarah Goedhart

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