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.
[2016 Vintage] – 93 Points by James Halliday, 2019 Halliday Wine Companion
[2015 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion
[2014 Vintage] – 94 Points by James Halliday, 2017 Halliday Wine Companion
[2014 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
“Whole berry and whole bunch ferments employed, aged in French barriques and puncheons (30% new) for 18 months. Spicy aromas with green pepper and clove in the mix, with riper notes of blackberry and some oak sweetness in play. Juicy and supple through the palate with generous fruit and fine astringency which seems to be built more on acid than tannin.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (2016 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.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2018 (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)