Domaine Sainte Rose launches Sparkling Syrah

Domaine Sainte Rose has completed a challenge set by Naked Wines to produce a Sparkling Shiraz.

Charles and Ruth Simpson of Domaine Sainte Rose are ready to launch their Simpsons of Servian Sparkling Syrah 2016, produced at their estate in the Languedoc.

Ruth Simpson said: “When Naked asked us if we could create a Sparkling Shiraz we were delighted to rise to the challenge, although it had to be a ‘Sparkling Syrah’ as its roots are firmly in France.  The grapes that went into this wine come from our youngest Syrah vineyard that was planted in 2009.

“The grapes for the sparkling base wine were picked early so that they did not become too concentrated and tannic. Gentle maceration ensured a fabulous deep opaque colour, while maintaining fresh fruit flavours and avoiding any bitter tannins in the base wine. Half of this Syrah then spent three months ageing in two-year-old American oak barrels. Secondary fermentation in the bottle was followed by nine months ageing on its lees for a true Method Traditional Sparkling wine.”

Charles Simpson added: “We are very excited to bring this wine to the UK market. It is an exclusive small batch production and possibly one of a kind. We know of know other southern French Sparkling Syrah, and we can’t want to see how it is received in the UK. It is great to be able to release it just ahead of the festive season as we think it would be a great alternative fizz to enjoy over Christmas and New Year. We suggest pairing with traditional Christmas Fare like roast turkey and all the trimmings, but it also works well with Peking duck and lamb cutlets.”

Domaine Saint Rose Sparkling Syrah 2016 is now available exclusively through Naked Wines, priced at £12.99. 

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