2016 Syrah – 91 Points Tim Atkin Report 2018
4 rows selected from a single vineyard of Shiraz. The vineyard is planted on the only north facing slope on the estate. It is therefore a slightly warmer aspect and is nicely exposed to the afternoon sun. The soils are decomposed granite on a heavy clay bed which sustains the vines through summer.
Yield is 6 tons per hectare.
Grapes are hand harvested and sorted only as bunches in the cellar, mainly to remove any bunches that were overexposed and raisined. The grapes then go into 500L open top French oak vats where fermentation occurs spontaneously. 50% of the bunches are left whole and the remaining 50% destemmed. The free run wine after fermentation is then transferred into a combination of 225L and 300L French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The barriques used are 50% new and 50% second fill.
The wine is the racked and bottled. The wine is unfined, unfiltered and no acid adjustments are done.
Tasting Notes & Analysis
The Nose: The nose is plush with concentrated red fruits emphasising the aspect of the slope. This is backed by aromas of black berries and liquorish.
The Palate: The palate is a balance between sweet berried fruit and savoury white pepper. The tannin is prominent but not overly dry and the wine has great concentration, this as a result of its site.
14.5% Alc., 2.9 g/l R.S., 0.60 g/l VA, pH 3.50, 5.4 g/l TA, 27 mg/l FSO2, 89 mg/l TSO2.