Colour: Black-purple crimson
Nose: So super fine and only offering a very wisp of what will develop over the years. The striking mineral/crushed rock complexity offers unique balance to the otherwise deeply brooding roast meat perfume with notes of forest floor and asian spices. Flickers of boysenberry are also seen deep within. Hedonsitic.
Palate: Amazingly long and speckled with contrasting elements. The soft palate gives way to long and finely boned velvet, chalky tannins. The intensity remains and lingers in what becomes an intellectual pursuit of which way will it go. Youthful intensity is balanced by a small aperture of exposure and an extremely elegant delivery of concentration gives rise to impressions classic understatement and restraint.
REGION: Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale, South Australia
CONDITIONS: Favourable 2009 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