Relentless 2018, Shafer
This wine honours long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. Sourced from ridgetop vineyards adjacent to the southern border of Stags Leap District. Ridgetop and foothills sites along the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District the grapes for Relentless are a proprietary blend of Syrah (76%) and Petite Sirah (24%).A lengthy, cool, steady growing season created ideal conditions for the fruit to hang on the vine a long time in the summer sun developing rich colour, alluring aromas, and luxuriant flavours.
“The ideal 2018 vintage has produced a Relentless that balances richness and vivacity. There’s heft and structure along with mouthcoating flavors that go on and on. Uncork this bottle and you’ll find layers of blackberry compote, red and black spice, dried black fruit, black tea, tobacco, and earthiness. All this liquid midnight comes with an undercarriage of ripe tannin that promises much more beauty and opulence in the decades ahead.” Elias Fernandez