Colour: Black-purple crimson
Nose: Lifted, charismatic and offering waves of youthful primary concentration and savoury complexity evolution in the glass right from the first moment of impression. Notes of game, roast meat, olive tapenade and pure blueberry quickly begin to nuance crushed rock and flinty characters, while a deeply recessed, brooding sense of sheer power and racy pungency is but a silhouette of its potential./ Hedonsitic.
Palate: Deeply recessed layers of smokey bacon fat and blueberry mingle with cigar tobacco, subtle Asian spices and lavender in what is a very delicate yet an unusually approachable palate style. Highly polished yet deeply recessed tannin hint toward an ultra fine boned structure with density and concentration of character. Savoury complexities like cherry skin, black olive and jasmine tea are magically folded away like origami within the fine boned structure, laced with natural acidity
REGION: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale, South Australia
CONDITIONS: Favourable winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding.
WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown, pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1920 are grown in loamy, clay soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. Partial whole berry and whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation. Open vat primary with varied maceration periods. All pressings returned to the barrel.
MATURATION: 18 months. 100% brand new, tight-grained French oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team. Bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
BEST DRINKING: 20020-2050
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.0% VA: 0.55 g/Lt TA: 5.9 g/Lt pH: 3.55
PRODUCTION: 9,100 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk