test Moritz Syrah 2012 | Clarendon Hills

Moritz Syrah 2012


  • Description

    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.

    Alcohol: 14.6%

  • Reviews (2)
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    1. cru

      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Moritz Vineyard Syrah is scented of cassis, blueberry preserves and Provencal herbs with hints of raw meat and black olives. Full, rich and concentrated, the savory fruit is supported by firm tannins and crisp acid throughout a lengthy finish. Drink it 2014 to 2024+


      eRobertParker.com- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February, 2013)

    2. cru

      Deep purple crimson; not made every year; aromas of dark chocolate and spice, then an impressive black fruited palate with an element of austerity which makes a positive contribution to a very good wine. Drink by 2035

      Date tasted: 12/1/2013


      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

  • Winemakers Notes

    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
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 20010-2026
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.6% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.6
    PRODUCTION: 7,300 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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