Hermitage, Meritage, Rioja, SYRAGE. These wines define winemaking.
HERMITAGE is 315+ acres of grapes in the Rhone Valley of France, with the reds, primarily made from Syrah. (Shiraz to the Aussies).
MERITAGE was coined to differentiate the blends of select wineries in the United States as opposed to those in Bordeaux, France. Red Meritage wines are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
RIOJA is the region in Spain that produce the wonderful Tempranillo grape that compliments the other fine grape of Cabernet Sauvignon to make outstanding wines.
SYRAGE defines the essence of three varieties but one wine and the best of Hermitage, Meritage and Rioja. The Mara Wine Group created Syrage to go beyond the one grape/ one wine philosophy. This allows our winemaking staff the latitude to build wines of balance to meet the discriminating consumer’s desires.
SYRAH is our pedigree, contributing balance with 18 months of oak aging from our vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and Amador vineyards. Our TEMPRANILLO also from the Sierra Foothills at elevations above 1,400 ft. was picked at night gently crushed and fermented on its own at cooler than normal temperatures. The wine was than punched down 3 to 4 times a day allowing maximum extraction and pressed off just prior to completion of primary fermentation. The fermentation finished in barrels and then ML fermentation stared. The wine was than stirred with the lees in barrel for 11 months increasing the mouth feel and stabilizing the color. By using the Bordeaux variety, CABERNET FRANC also from the Sierra Foothills, we added more color and structure. Again, 18 months in small French oak barrels. While the label says California, it is the best of California’s regions and vineyards.
Our 2009 MARA SYRAGE exhibits a beautiful deep purple color, with hints of raspberry, and dark cherry in the aroma. It has great acidity for food and a richness that will compete with any wine selling for much higher prices. It also show a wonderful spice box of ginger, toffee and caramel mixed in with the fruits mentioned above. This is a true red wine not to be missed for the quality and price.
This wine is available in our LARGE BOTTLE FORMAT of 3.0L bottles - view prices by clicking the BUY button above.