Moritz Syrah 2012
Colour: Purpled midnight crimson
Nose: Presenting itself in a seductive and brooding format this year, earthy spicey blueberries and roasted meats mix with cocao chocolate and ground coffee. Elegantly concentrated it will reveal itself over time.
Palate: Balance and intensity. Bitter chocolate and coffe flavours mingle with the earthy meatyness and combine to provide a supple experience.
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. The Mortiz vineyard is dry grown in sand atop of clay soils. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit.
WINEMAKING: Young, dry grown 61 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: 20010-2026
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.6% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.6
PRODUCTION: 7,300 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk