The Syrah represents a serious ‘over engineering’ of fruit and winemaking inputs to produce a wine that shows little compromise in quality alongside wines of many times the price.
The Syrah grapes were destemmed and partial crushed then fermented for thirty days on skins using natural yeasts. Pressing was conducted using a small ½ tonne Mori basket press that gives a great flavour and tannin profile, but makes for a very long day. Maturation in 25% new French barriques and 75% used French barrels provides a hint of savoury oak character whilst allowing the Syrah varietal and regional characters to be expressed unhindered. The use of mixed cooperages (Seguin-Moreau, Nadalie, Marsannay, Remond, Darguad & Jaegle) provides complexity, integration and harmony with our intended style. Two rackings and regular topping are the only time the wine is disturbed post malo with 18 months spent in wood. 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 The Syrah precludes the use of the additives and fining agents such as tannins, enzymes, egg, fish or milk products. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in October of 2022
Deep crimson red in colour. Vibrant aromas of mulberry and plum accompanied by espresso, roasted spice and subtle charcuterie notes. Plush and softly textured on the palate with black fruits interwoven with black earth, liquorice and game nuances. The long finish is supported by layers of soft velvety tannin. Drink now to 2033, 270 cases made.
Alcohol – 14.5% by volume Residual sugar – <1.0 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.18 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.58 g/L
pH – 3.57 Sulphur Dioxide – 86 mg/L Total; 28mg/L Free
Score 94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Erin Larkin)
The 2020 The Syrah is so spicy and mellifluous. That just about sums it up, really. Plush fruit hangs from a framework of fine chalky tannins and acid that threads its way through the fruit. This is lush. And so good.
Score 95 Wine Front (Mike Bennie)
Oof. Strong game meat and white pepper scents, very aromatic, dark cherry, salted plums, black olive, liquorice. Whiffs of the best. Medium bodied. Silky texture, supple too, dark fruited, rippling with dark cherry and that plumminess but with so much spice in there too, oh, and black olive, briny minerality and graphite stuff. Wow. It’s unreal. Has an authority to the wine. Warming but balanced. Lushness and freshness, super syrah here with character lavished onto a drinker. Serious stuff.