In the realm of new world regions, Chateau Ste. Michelle is truly a timeless classic, the founding winery of Washington State. Established in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing top class European varietal wines under the Chateau Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research and innovation with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions to craft the highest quality wines from Washington across many price points. This dedication to excellence and commitment to quality have allowed Chateau Ste. Michelle a place among the pre-eminent wine producers of the world.
Chateau Ste. Michelle owns 3,500 acres in Washington state's renowned Columbia Valley. The Columbia Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA) is a region separated from Seattle's rainy, marine climate by the Cascade Mountains. The mountains shield the rain, limiting annual rainfall to 6-8 inches, allowing our vineyard managers to control vine vigour through irrigation. All vines in the Columbia Valley are planted on their own rootstock, which helps us maintain the health and longevity of our vineyards and preserves the grape variety in its natural state.
Ripe grapes were picked during the warmth of the day to start fermentation quickly, then de-stemmed and fermented for 7-8 days. A combination of maceration techniques were used to bring out Syrahâ€™s lush, concentrated character and to minimise harsh tannins: Approximately 80% of the wine was made using the â€˜pump overâ€™ technique to extract colour, aromas and flavours and the remaining 20% was made by â€˜delestageâ€™ (rack and return), a process in which the wine is completely pumped out of the tank, then quickly pumped back over the cap to completely submerge it. These gentle extraction techniques are ideal for keeping the soft Syrah berries intact. The wine was then aged in oak for 18 months.
Velvety cool-climate Syrah from Washington State, brimming with red and black berries plus an appetising underlay of leather.
Try with hearty beef dishes, grilled salmon and strongly flavoured cheeses.