Syrah Antico Ceppo
Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhone Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz, and is regarded as the country’s national grape.
One of the world’s most diverse and successful grape varieties, Syrah wines can display myriad dark-fruit flavours. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing more peppery and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavours of blackcurrant and liquorice.
Syrah is also an extremely useful blending grape due to its deep colour and typically high tannins. In the southern Rhone it is common for Syrah to be blended with any combination of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsaut, among others.
Some of the world’s most famous Syrah wines are the peppery, earthy reds of the northern Rhone, specifically of the Cote-Rotie, Hermitage and Saint-Joseph appellations. While Hermitage has been held in high regard for many centuries, the ‘roasted slopes’ of the Cote-Rotie have emerged as a leading source of Syrah only towards the end of the 20th century.
One of Syrah’s most valued assets is its ability to produce wines capable of aging and improving over many decades. The most valued appellation in this regard is the hill of Hermitage; its name is so respected that for many years it was used as a synonym for Syrah in Australia. A well-built Hermitage requires ten years or more to relax into its plummy, spicy fullness, and will reward cellaring for a further decade at least.
The FEMAR VINI Farm Company lies on the southeast ridge of the sunny hill which starts where the boundaries of Frascati, Monte Porzio Catone and the Agro Romano meet.
The Farm Company was renovated with a philosophy based on the search for the absolute best quality, and it achieved decidedly prestigious targets within a decade, secure in the knowledge that it is based in an area which repays the efforts of those who work with serious intent.
The Company was founded in the 1970s by Armando Merge.Following in the centuries-old family tradition, his son, Felice Mergè, after having observed and studied in depth the most interesting National and International wine producing companies, was able to develop his own distinctive style by experimenting with new, revolutionary processes of wine making and product maturation which have propelled FEMAR VINI to its current qualitative levels.