Per Sempre Syrah 2018 Tua Rita
€ 157,24 (in Vat)
This is a true Syrah-lover's wine. The wine shows the dark exuberance of a Californian Syrah or a Shiraz from Australia with the fragile elegance of a Côte-Rôtie. But when you really get down to it, the Tua Rita 2018 Syrah Per Sempre is all-Italian in heart and soul, forever, as its name implies. That's what makes it so exciting and interesting to try if you are otherwise smitten by this grape variety as I am. Stefano Frascolla tells me that of the various varieties he cultivates, Syrah is the most reactive to place and vintage. It is almost fragile in its demeanor compared to the more sturdy and sure-footed Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Syrah is a bit more finicky as well. It appreciates a long growing season, and that's exactly what it got in 2018. The grapes had ample time to ripen slowly, thus developing finesse and complexity along the way. This edition of Per Sempre offers deep intensity with dark fruits, plum and plenty of savory spice both from the oak aging (with 17 months in new barrique) and the grape itself (planted in a mix of clay and schist soils). In the mouth, the wine is softly textured, graceful and detailed. Only 3,500 bottles will be made, and the wine is set for an October 2020 release date.
Winespectator / James Suckling (95)
Aromas of blue fruit, white pepper, dried flowers and stone. It’s full-bodied and grows on the palate, showing blue fruit, black tea leaves and chocolate. Bitter orange at the end. This is a baby. Solid and tight.