The Syrah is our entry level wine for this variety. At a full recommended retail price of $24.99, 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.
Fruit is sourced from three primary vineyards that range from 30 to 80 years in age. Incorporation of Syrah from the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs provides elegance, spice and a strong natural acid backbone with Willunga fruit adding mulberry and anise.
The Syrah grapes were fermented for two and a half weeks on skins using natural yeasts. Maturation in 25% new French barriques and 75% used French and Russian barrels provides a hint of savoury oak character whilst allowing the Syrah varietal and regional characters to be expressed unhindered. The use of selected French 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 20 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 December of 2014.
Deep crimson red in colour. Vibrant aromas of mulberry and raspberry accompanied by mocha, roasted spice and subtle forest floor notes. Plush and softly textured on the palate with black fruits interwoven with earth, liquorice and game nuances. The lingering finish is supported by layers of soft velvety tannin. Drink now to 2025. 800 cases made.
Alcohol – 14.6% by volume Residual sugar – <1.0 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.6 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.65 g/L
pH – 3.62 Sulphur Dioxide – 90 mg/L Total; 32 mg/L Free