SHIRAZ - CALIFORNIA
Strong, fierce, unabashed and in-your-face – these are some of the descriptors to describe Fauvism, an artistic movement from the early 20th century. Begun by iconoclasts who were tired of the pressure to conform to the norms of what was acceptable in their field at the time, they decided to strike out on their own, and in the process created a style that was timeless, enduring and an immediate hit with the masses. Sound familiar? Many of these same principles were applied to wine during the rise of the Shiraz style in Australia. Since then, Shiraz has begun to be produced in California, where winemaking vanguards, influenced by the Australians, are producing their own versions. Fauvist is bold, brash, uncompromising and audacious, a wine made to grab your attention.
Fauvist is so expressive in the glass, with aromas of kirsch, licorice, smoke and violets; like a splash of color on a vinous palette. Lush, deep and suave, Fauvist offers intense wild berry and cassis flavors with a seductive nuance of floral notes. Finishes broad, sappy and long, with lingering spiciness.
Brisket, BBQ chicken, roast leg of lamb, mellow blue cheeses, meatloaf, falafel.
OPEN UP AND SAY SYRAH
Despite being made from the same grape, winemakers have chosen to make Syrah in two distinctly different styles. While Syrah wines tend to be structured, dry and tannic, Shiraz pushes ripeness and opulence to the limit, producing a bold, spicy red wine with a forward, jammy fruit character. California, with its warm climate and ample sunshine, is a perfect location to pursue the Shiraz style, where it’s no problem to produce the plump, sumptuous mouthfeel that makes this style such a hit the world over.
We love Fauvist’s ripe and smooth tannins and medium bodied profile that makes it so, so easy to drink. As California winemakers continue to grab their brushes and paint their wines in the Shiraz style, quality will only continue to increase as they continue to refine their approach and push the limit of ripeness and fruit expression. Fauvist is your ticket to this vinous spectacle, an artistic movement in wine happening in real time.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz
WINEMAKING PROCESS: Shiraz is a complicated wine to grow, as the grapes must be pushed to the limit of maturity, while making sure never to cross the line into murky, unfocused over ripeness. After being picked, the grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel. After reaching dryness, the must is pressed off and Fauvist Shiraz is returned to tank for aging, to balance its opulent fruit character with the freshness that only stainless steel guarantees to preserve.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.01 g/L