test Piggott Range Syrah 2015 | Clarendon Hills

Piggott Range Syrah 2015


  • Description

    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.

    Alcohol: 14.5%

  • Reviews (3)
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    1. cru

      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Piggot Vineyard Syrah gives a nose of ripe plums and mulberries over hints of menthol, dark chocolate and cassis. Full-bodied and youthful in the mouth, it has firm, chewy tannins and balanced acid followed up with a long finish. Drink 2014 to 2025+.


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

    2. cru

      Deep, dense purple-crimson; whole bunches (as well as the usual Clarendon Hills whole berry approach) are included in the fermentation, coupled with 100% new French oak; while full-bodied, this wine has more elegance and supple mouthfeel, the tannins slightly softer, though abundant. Drink by 2040

      Date tasted: 24/12/2012


      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      The 2015 Piggott Range Syrah is full-bodied, rich and densely concentrated, yet it retains great freshness and drive. Hints of fresh herbs accent black olives and blackberries, picking up licorice notes on the long, supple finish. This vintage is a huge success at Clarendon Hills, approachable now yet capable of aging for a decade or more.

      95 Points

      Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate 2018 Interim September Edition

  • Winemakers Notes

    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
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 2014-­2059
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5%
    PRODUCTION: 6,750 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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