A savoury palate of structure with red and black fruit coupled with fine grained tannins, all bound together with a sweet clip of new oak. This is an intense Syrah, but in a alight way. It will mature well to the end of the next decade.
Clones: 1654, Bests, R6WV28
Harvest: 19-25 March, 2015
Baume at Harvest: 13.0
pH at Harvest: 3.6
TA at Harvest: 6.0
Oak Forests: Allier, Vosges & Chatillon
Oak Age: 35% New
Cooler climate growing regions like the Yarra Valley are heralding an elegant style of Syrah (Shiraz) and our elevated, well drained site, coupled with suitably chosen clones create a graceful yet powerful wine.
Our fruit was gently picked on various dates depending on the clone before and being separated into whole berry or whole bunch ferments (5% – 10%). It was then racked to barriques and puncheons (35% new) where it slowly aged for 18 months.
2018 – 94 Points by James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion
2017 – 94 Points by James Halliday 2017 Wine Companion (2014 Vintage)
2016 – Bronze Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards (2014 Vintage)
“Good hue and depth; the scented bouquet has spice, pepper, balance and cedary oak all on show, the medium-bodied palate providing an instant replay.”
James Halliday – 2018 Wine Companion (2015 Vintage)
“Appealing Shiraz from the Yarra Valley. Lighter bodied, but in a good way. It’s light and juicy with a clip of sweet-toasty oak. Easy to drink but with enough fine-grained tannin and savoury, crushed-leaf spicy notes to keep it from seeming simple. Dark cherry and blueberry fruit profile. You can easily drink this now though it should develop well. The antithesis of a blockbuster shiraz.”
Campbell Mattinson – 92 points (2012 Vintage)