Liandra Syrah 2013
Colour: Blackened crimson.
Nose: Lifted bacon fat and roast meats greet you on arrival. Deep undertones of blackcurrant and powerful spices offer dimensional contrast.
Palate: Sexy amalgamation of richness defined by great balance, positioned acidity and lengthy tannins. The incredible mid-palate weight provides an excellent length of intensity and considerable nuance pursues. The Palate appears less intense as the nose indicates.
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 Liandra 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 25 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: 20012-2020
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 9,600 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk