Brookman Syrah 2015
Colour: Blackened crimson.
Nose: Cassis, roast meats, coffee beans, olive tapenade, cigar tobacco and lavendar.present on the youthful nose. Opening further with a decant, notes of anise, peppercorn and cardamon exhibit an unusual yet captivating edge.
Palate: Fresh blueberries, black olive and leather entwine the densely concentrated palate style. Notes of charcuterie and game meat begin to creep in however are infantile in their development today. Presenting velvet and persistence on the finish, there is substantial promise for future extension.
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. Brookman vineyard is dry grown in heavy clay soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit.
WINEMAKING: Old, dry grown vines planted in 1920 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, 70% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. 30% hierarchy of 1-4 year old barrels. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
BEST DRINKING: 20016-2039
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.6 g/Lt pH: 3.61
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk