Isole e Olena 2017 Syrah, Toscana IGT
Item Number: 14687
Sub Region: Chianti Classico
Appellation/AVA: Toscana IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 98% Syrah / 2% Viognier
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
History: The first Isole e Olena Syrah vines were grafted onto old Canaiolo vines in 1984. The Syrah itself came from the Rhône Valley. Paolo De Marchi’s original intention was to use Syrah in his Chianti Classico blend, together with Sangiovese and Canaiolo. 1984 Chianti Classico DOCG regulations permitted the addition of 10% nontraditional grape varietiesand as a result, many producers used Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot in the blend. De Marchi was more interested in Syrah, and was so encouraged by the results that in 1987, he planted a new, two-hectare vineyard with Syrah clones from France, with increased density of planting. The Syrah was subsequently released as a varietal wine.
Vinification: The Isole e Olena estate now has three hectares of Syrah plantings. The grapes are 100% destemmed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks,with a ten-day maceration on the skins. Delestage and pumping over take place once a day. The wine spends one year in barrel, of which 25% is new French and American oak. It is then bottled and aged for a minimum of 3 years before release. It is drinkable now with a very long life in the bottle.
Vintage Notes: Paolo only produces this wine in the best vintages. The 2017 bottling is the second since the 2011 vintage.