Ancient Origins, Dauntless Roots
In the early 1970’s a brave California winemaker smuggled bootleg Syrah cuttings in from the legendary Chapoutier vineyard in Hermitage France, the birthplace of Syrah itself where it’s been cultivated for over 2500 years. Wine pioneer David Thompson heard about these special vines and believed they could produce complex, powerful, and long-lived wines in a cool site with terroir that closely matched their origin. David acquired cuttings in 1990 and the naked wood was bravely pushed directly into the sandy soil without protective rootstock, preserving an unfiltered expression of its unique DNA yet also exposing it to deadly pests and diseases. Against all odds, these original own-rooted “Estrella River” vines survived, still yielding extremely limited quantities of densely concentrated fruit today. Dovecote Estate Syrah is crafted to exhibit the complex mosaic of dark, savory, and haunting qualities found only in cool-climate Syrah. It is structured, voluptuous, and powerful while maintaining uncommon finesse. This wine can take years in bottle to begin truly revealing itself, then aging and improving over multiple decades. Vines are delicately farmed at very low yields and hand harvested at night. Fruit is meticulously hand-sorted, cold soaked, fermented in small open-top bins, gently pressed, and aged for up to 36 months in a minority of new French oak barrels. Wine is captured unfiltered, and then bottle-rested for a minimum of another year before release.