The Syrah from Sandstone site is mountainous and made up of broken Sandstone rock, making it incredibly tough for vineyards to grow. This merciless environment leads to low vigour and very small yields, resulting in a complex, unique wine.
The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into our cold room where it remained overnight. About 50% of the crop was destemmed with the rest left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild in small, open-top fermenters with long post-fermentation maceration. Aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.
The bouquet entices with tomato leaf, rose, violets and white pepper lifting from the glass, all highlighting this as a cool climate, rocky vineyard Syrah. The palate is elegant and concentrated with the whole bunch component adding tension and structure.
Angela Lloyd's Tasting note in Platter 2021:
"As in 2017, this livelier of Syrah pair; 2018 also lighter build, less concentrated flavours but sensitively handled, including year older oak only, to show up purity of ripe red fruit, spice. Structured accordingly to offer quality with earlier drinking." (93 points)