Onkaparinga Syrah 2015
Colour: Blackened crimson.
Nose: Lifted bacon fat, mallee roasted rib eye, tobacco, violets, sweet liquorice, dark chocolate, creamy berries, black cardamom, charcuterie and black currant notes continue to evolve in the glass.
Palate: Layered and densely compacted. The multitude of character is predominantly tucked away, laying in wait for tomorrows extension in the cellar. Very finely polished and almost oily like in its viscosity. There isn’t a hard edge to be seen, just a very slightly velvety texture on the finish.
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.
WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown 82 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: 20010-2030
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 8,200 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk