16 months 60% New French oak-228L and 350L barrels
30% Whole cluster, hand punch down 5 times a day in open top fermenters.
Multi-faceted and structured with minerality, not tannins. Robust black cherry and blackberry notes with cassis that soars from the glass.
97 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Syrah Haley from Rockpile is 100% Syrah aged 16 months in different sized French barrels. Thirty perccent whole clusters were used. This is more structured, mineral-dominated and masculine than the So Serine, which is a quintessential, elegant, feminine, but super-rich style of Syrah. This is also rich, but more virile, backward and needing several years of bottle age. This full-bodied classic should drink well for 10-15 years and readers should approach it like they would an Hermitage from France's Northern Rhône Valley."
Two specific blocks of 470 Syrah selection are used to create our 100% Syrah from Rockpile Vineyard. Block 1 is heavier in granite and more rocky with larger rocks which add structure and finesse. Block 2 is comprised of more gravel and clay loam which adds body, and a smaller berry selection is intense, deep, and rich.