Taste & Other Notes
Full palate weight, dry tannins upfront, lovely ripe berry fruits with touch of cream in the mid-palate texture, soft black pepper notes. A very good example of an approachable cooler climate Syrah (as against jammy South Australian styles) that is packed with flavour, has a satisfyingly dry finish and delivers excellent value for money.
Winemaker release notes
Best Buy & 4 Stars, Issue 189 – Cuisine Magazine
Fruit for this wine was grown in our Omahu Gravels (61%) and Twyford
Gravels (39%) vineyards situated in the heart of the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels
grape-growing district. Gimblett Gravels soils are made up of relatively recent
alluvial deposits of gravel and varying degrees of silt and sand. Naturally free
draining and low vigour soils, meticulous vineyard management and the warm
2016 growing season produced grapes with intense varietal character, depth
and clarity of flavour. Naturally low yields and “green harvesting” has resulted
in good fruit concentration and richness, balanced with fresh natural acidity,
typical of our region and wines.
Individual vineyard parcels were harvested, destemmed, lightly crushed and
fermented as small batches, mainly in open top fermenters. During ferment,
the batches were gently hand plunged and pumped over the skins to extract
desirable tannin, flavour and colour. The wines were then pressed off and run to
French oak barrels where they completed malolactic fermentation over spring.
After resting in barrel for 20 months (27% new), the batches were lightly fined,
naturally settled, blended and filtered before bottling in January 2018.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.17gL
RESIDUAL SUGAR: Nil
Fragrant spice, dark red berry and floral notes combine on a balanced and
FOOD MATCHES: Venison, beef and hard cheeses.
BEST ENJOYED: 2-6+ years from vintage