Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
Alc. 13.5 %
After emigrating in 1890, Giovanni Battista fell in love with Piedmont, where the rich winemaking traditions reminded him of his native Provence. In 1923, he purchased Cascina Corsaletto, where he began growing Dolcetto with his children. In 1980, bottle production began, and in 1993, Gillardi planted a minuscule plot of Syrah, the first ever to be planted in Piedmont. What began as a small experiment ended up becoming his most prestigious wine.
Due to Giacolino Gillardi’s diligence with this varietal, it is now allowed as a part of the Langhe Rosso DOC discipline. The vine cuttings originate from Auguste Clape’s estate in the Cornas area of the Northern Rhone. Gillardi Harys Syrah is limited to 2,000 bottles a year and is being offered for the first time ever in Canada to WineCollective members. Serve at 18C and decant if enjoying today, or cellar until 2025.
Deep dark core with a blueish purple rim.
Licorice, cedar and tobacco dominate the nose with hints of dried fig, leather, and five spice. Persistent and complex with coffee and coco nibs. This is a rich and exotic bouquet.
The liquorice, cedar, leather, and cured meat follow through on the palate. Grippy, dense and very persistent acidity demands food. Beautifully concentrated, rich, and textured body that has an awesome mid-palate, ripe tannin and clean, lengthy finish. This Syrah reminds me of its counter part in the northern Rhone and will benefit form short to long term aging.
This wine is big with good tannin and will pair nicely with a slow cooked cassoulet filled with herbs, pork and game. The tannin will help cut through the fatty meat and create a nice balance between food and wine.