The Valois AOC has been described previously. Vétroz is a commune within Valais with vineyards on the lower hillside, below the commune of Conthey, and on the alluvial cone of the Lizeme in Balavaud. The south-facing hillside vineyard covers an area of 144 ha and is sited on black shale (formed from marine sediments deposited between 160 and 170 million years ago) and glacial moraines. The Balavaud portion is 67 ha in size and its soil is comprised primarily of large pebbles.
The primary varieties grown in the commune are:
- Gamay (21%)
- Pinot Noir (18%)
- Fendant (Local name for Chasselas -- 23%)
- Amigne (16%)
- Petite Arvine
- White varieties: Chasselas or Amigne grown in the 1st zone
- Red varieties: Pinot Noir or Gamay grown in the 1st or 2nd zones
- Vine age: > 7 years
- Vine density: 7000 vines/ha.
|Location of Vétroz wineries (Source:www.grands-crus.ch)|
The Cayas Syrah du Valais is 100% Syrah made from grapes grown on shale soil in Balavaud, Vétroz, and Chamoson et Fully. The grapes are macerated for 10 days prior to a 20-day alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation and aging occur in 50% new oak barrels.
Tasting Notes -- On the nose balsamic, vanilla, blackpepper, meat, gaminess. On the palate, round, dusky, sweet sensation. Ripe fruit. Savory mid-palate. Rich, young tannins. Great acidity. Long, intense finish with vanilla and balsamic aftertaste.
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