Piggott Range Syrah 2014
Colour: Opaque, blackened crimson.
Nose: A bedrock foundation of varietal complexity and mineral nuance sits at a low altitude and offers only an elegant lift of floral perfume. Crushed rock, boysenberry, coffee crème and faint wisps of roasted meat engage. Airing only lifts the perfume altitude, the concentration remains trapped in the rock like foundation.
Palate: A waxy and polished complexion instantly reveals an undercurrent of terroir driven complexity. . Graphite, violets and coffee roasted meats are consistently exposed within the spectrum of flavour. Taut acidity positions the densely concentrated mid palate volume. Cascading layers of savoury character exhibit themselves on the lingering finish. This one is for the cellar.
REGION: Clarendon: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale, South Australia
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 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, pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1965 are grown in rock atop with 2 inches of top soil. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit. Partial whole berry and whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation. Open vat primary with varied maceration periods. All pressings returned to the barrel.
MATURATION: 18 months. 100% brand new, tight‑grained French oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team. Bottled onsite without fining or filtration.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Syrah
BEST DRINKING: 2014-2059
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5%
PRODUCTION: 6,750 Bottles
WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk