Bakers Gully Syrah 2012
Colour: Blackened crimson.
Nose: Perfumed roast meats and nuances of spice overlay the otherwise liquorice and black currant dominated expression. Its elegant yet full of vibrancy and its youthful vigour entertains the viewer.
Palate: A long and aromatically scented structure progressively delivers the liquorice and spiced fruit in a persistent fashion. Velvety tannin and balanced acidity echo’s both potential and proposition. Smoothed extract and overall polish ensures immediate satisfaction.
REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. We pick 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Vale and enjoy longer, milder, more consistent ripening conditions.
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 was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding.
VINEYARD: The Bakers Gully vineyard is dry grown in sandy soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit.
WINEMAKING: Young, dry grown 15 y/o vines are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
MATURATION: 18 months, 85% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
BEST DRINKING: 20012-2022
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 12,500 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk