Stone Lion Syrah 2019
Following a relatively wet winter, the 2019 vintage featured cool, dry weather and a mild summer with less high peak temperatures than 2018 which allowed grapes to ripen slowly. 2019 encapsulates the classic long growing season conditions that the Edna Valley is known for, with grapes being picked in ideal condition the last week of October.
The 2019 Syrah is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Petite Syrah. Grapes were optically sorted and then cold soaked for three days at cool temperatures. Fermentation took place in 100% open top, stainless steel tanks followed by aging for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels of which 36% were new.
Nose: Powerful aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum are complimented by notes of portobello mushroom, smoke, coconut, and dark chocolate.
Palate: Rich, medium full-bodied flavors of ripe blueberry, dark cherry, and mushroom