Onkaparinga Syrah 2014
Colour: Blackened crimson.
Nose: The great pyramid of Giza would marvel at how this is wine is composed – an instantaneous salivary gland reaction to the nose usually heralds something special. Lifted bacon fat, mallee roasted rib eye, tobacco, violets, sweet liquorice, dark chocolate, creamy berries, black cardamom, top grade soy sauce and pure black currants each dance in unison. The ambient perfume that rises high in the glass is laced with graphite, slate and other crushed rocks.
Palate: The enormously engaging and voluptuous style is counterweighted with precision and grace. The unctuous density glides effortlessly and seductively front to back and then sideways. The amazing development of intensity broods then almost explodes in your mouth with a finish that sails on; its posh and intrinsically meticulous. The 2010 vintage offers lavishness but with vibrant freshness. It’s an amazingly opulent example of classic Australian syrah.
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