2018 Equilibrio Syrah


Savoury aromas of brooding black and blue berry fruits come from the Bests clone and this adds spice to the palate. We select R6WV28 clone for its elegant structure and powerful tannins, bringing a richness to the overall wine. A small portion of whole bunch ferment adds fresh herbal intrigue to the wine. Matured in a selection of Puncheons (500L) and Barriques (225L) for ten months before bottling without fining or filtering.

Varietals: Syrah (Shiraz)

Clone: R6WV28, Best’s

Oak Forests: Allier, Vosges

New Oak: Puncheons & Barriques; 40% New

Harvest: 29 March, 2018

Baume at Harvest: 13.0

pH at Harvest: 3.6

TA at Harvest: 5.0

Vegan Friendly: Yes

The concept behind our Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal mix and new oak integration to create a few cases that will benchmark the potential of each vintage. Some would call it Reserve but we call it Equilibrio as great wine is all about definitive balance.

[2018 Vintage] – 90 points by Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

[2015 Vintage] – 92 points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion

[2015 Vintage] – 94 Points Andrew Graham for Oz Wine Review 2018

[2015 Vintage] – Silver Medal at 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

[2015 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show

[2014 Vintage] – 91 Points by James Halliday, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion

[2014 Vintage] – Bronze Medal at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

“A wild ride of flavour. Game, beet, black cherries, undergrowth and cloves. Cool and juicy through the palate, meaty and dry on the finish. Sweet-sour, too. Interesting. 90 Points.”
Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020 (2018 Vintage)

“R6WV28 clone exclusively provided the fruit in the barrels that made the ‘cut’ for this selection, with 40% of those being new. Sweet and toasty French oak aromas are upfront on the bouquet, but the variety has its say with ripe dark fruit and cool climate “gaminess”. There’s admirable depth and intensity of flavour on the palate, and it shows good length on the finish, but it would be nice to see the fruit emerge as the more dominant character as the wine ages.”
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (2015 Vintage)

“Deepish red/purple colour. The bouquet is all about red fruits, straightforward and honest, slightly funky, with a touch of richness and refreshingly for this region, it’s not overpowered with whole-bunch character. Good intensity, softness, shape and balance. 92 Points.”
Huon Hooke,The Real Review, Oct 2017 (2015 Vintage)

“…Capitalising on the warm vintage, and with a decent whole bunch element to give spice, this is quite a voluptuous wine, with the whispers of mint and lead pencil bouncing off ripe red fruit and cocoa powder oak with late, drying tannins. Don’t be fooled though, this is still a cool climate wine, the edges meaty, and the wine quintessentially mid-weight. But it’s mouthfilling, ripe and generous, even with a little warmth on the finish. End result is a complete package, and the finest wine yet from this label.”
Andrew Graham – Oz Wine Review (2015 Vintage)

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