The Columbia Gorge starts in the West with high rainfall and cool growing conditions. It rapidly, and gradually transitions into a hot, dry climate in its Eastern end. Garnier Vineyards lies near the Eastern end of the Gorge on the Oregon side. It still feels the impact of the cool Western winds, while gaining the intensity and dryness of the East. The property supports a large cherry orchard as well as a selection of grapes. The soil is light, sandy loam deposited over sheets of basalt. It is professionally run and managed. Syrah is planted in a field surrounded by rock walls that reflect the sun to the vines. This is a relatively small planting of 6 to 8 year old vines, watered by drip. The soil is light and rocky. The general area is on the cool side for Syrah, while the sheltered, reflective vineyard itself should be perfect. These grapes appear to have the potential for unique, quality Northern Rhone style wine. This is a new vineyard that has the potential for producing very high end Syrah.
TA: 5.3 g/l
Below please find some notes associated with our recommended yeast strains for use with this fruit. It is important to note that any yeast will in fact perform the fermentation, however these strains have consistently performed well and produced flavors that our customers have been very happy with. To that end, the "correct" yeast strain is simply the one that sounds to you as though it will make the flavors that you are looking for in your wine.
You can add the yeast strain of your choice from the "You Might Also Need" section below. We also strongly recommend the use of the additive pack that you will see listed in this section as it will help enhance the quality of the wine you produce. Order one packet of yeast and one additive pack per pail of must or juice.
SYR - Cotes du Rhone isolate for classic Syrah aromas: violets, raspberries, cassis, strawberries, black pepper, and grilled meat.
GRE - Brings fresh fruit forward along with spice and violet aromas. Good mouthfeel enhancement, as well. Effective for reducing herbaceous and vegetal notes in under-ripe fruit.
BM45 - Big mouthfeel, emphasizes the fruit and structure along with some earthy and spicy elements. Good color stability and helps to minimize vegetative characters.