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 cool room where it remained overnight. 70% of the crop was destemmed with the remaining 30% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild and aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.
The bouquet is savoury, with black olive, white pepper and violets lifting from the glass, all highlighting this as a cool climate, rocky vineyard Syrah. This spice is complemented by elegant, delicate purity of fruit and a tannin base that will ensure its longevity. Delicious now and into 2022.
Angela Lloyd's Tasting note in Platter 2019:
"Lilting red fruit aromas, fluid freshness - 2016 initially has a deceptive lightness. But there is fine-toned muscle in the savoury concentration, steadfastness in structure & concluding surge of delicious truffle & spice. Touch more new oak (30%) than previous, as next. 93pts"