Fruit is sourced from two vineyards that range from 30 to 80 years in age. Incorporation of Syrah from the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs provides perfume, spice and a strong natural acid backbone with the dark soils of Willunga adding mulberry and anise. The very high natural acid from the deep Blewitt Springs sands adds a good counterpoint to the low acid grapes from the heavier Willunga soils.
Syrah grapes were fermented for two weeks on skins using natural yeasts. Maturation in 30% new French coopered barriques (Seguin-Moreau, Nadalie, Marsannay, Remond, Darguad & Jaegle) and 70% used French and Russian barrels provides a hint of savoury oak character whilst allowing the Syrah varietal and regional characters to be expressed unhindered. Two rackings and regular topping are the only time the wine is disturbed after a naturally induced malolcatic fermentation with 24 months spent in barrel. Bottling date is determined when the tannin and oak balance feel right, with a further 6 months spent in bottle prior to release. The traditional approach used to make Coates wines precludes the use of the additives and fining agents such as tannins, enzymes, egg, fish or milk products. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in February of 2014.
Deep crimson red in colour. Vibrant aromas of mulberry and black cherry accompanied by mocha, roasted spice and subtle forest floor notes. Plush and softly textured on the palate with rich black fruits interwoven with earth, anise and game nuances. The lingering finish is supported by layers of soft velvety tannin. Drink now to 2025. 300 cases made.
Alcohol – 14.7% by volume Residual sugar – < 1.0 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.5 g/L Volatile Acidity – < 0.65 g/L
pH – 3.57 Sulphur Dioxide – 75 mg/L Total; 30 mg/L Free
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
(previous release) Coates Organic McLaren Vale Syrah 2010 94 Points
Region: McLaren Vale
Drink by: 2025
Date tasted: 28/8/2012
Bright crimson-purple; wild yeast-fermented, then matured in French and Russian oak before being bottled without fining or filtration; the colour is good, the palate packed with power, the tannins flexing their muscles and needing time to soften.