We call clones those distinct genetic variations of a Vitis vinifera cultivar, Pinot noir, for example. The process of isolating, identifying, and evaluating clones, however, is a relatively recent process compared to the length of time Pinot noir has been farmed for wine.
On the face of it, growing Syrah is a farmer’s dream. Relative to other varieties we grow, Syrah reaches for the sky, sets well and is resistant to most adverse weather. Despite this, there are many factors that dictate the quality of the resulting fruit and wine, and this is where we focus our energies as winegrowers and winemakers.