Road 13 Fifth Element Red Blend 750ml
Intense black fruit is followed by savory aromas of rich tobacco and sage. The syrah really punches through on the palate, delivering braised red and green peppercorns. The oak is well integrated into the final product, creating a piece that can be cellared for the next decade.
The grapes for this wine are grown in five different vineyards in Southern BC. The winemakers conduct early leaf removal in the fruit zone to help ripening during a cooler summer. Yields are kept low and the vineyard crew performs extensive green harvest to ensure uniform crop maturity. Deficit irrigation was applied to limit the vigor of the vines and grow grapes that delivered concentrated flavors and aromas. The bottom line is this: These vineyards are on great sites and the best viticultural practices are used, resulting in vines that are balanced and deliver phenomenal fruit.
All of the grapes that went into the Fifth Element were picked at optimum maturity and de-stemmed gently into small fermenters. The grapes were plunged 2-4 times a day during the on-skin fermentation and pressed near sugar dryness. The wine was aged in high quality French oak barrels for 16 months and aged in stainless steel barrels for a further 5 months prior to bottling in September.