2017 really was a sensational vintage! The Syrah came in later than average, ripening at an unhurried pace in these ideal growing conditions, producing a wine of incredible structure, detail and length.
This wine is a composite of all of our Estate Syrah blocks across Sexton and Tarraford. Each block was hand picked and each fruit parcel was treated as either 100% destemmed or 100% whole bunch. The whole bunch vats were left untouched for 1 week then walked over a few times to initiate a healthy fermentation. The whole berry components were left to cold soak for 4 days, allowed to warm then to 15 deg C and a wild fermentation was initiated. All parcels were overseeded with another culture near the end of their time on skins to fulfil the fermentation. The wines were all pressed at dryness and fed by gravity into 500L and 225 L French puncheons 10% of which were new. In January 18, they were blended together and given one final racking prior to bottling by gravity in early June. Whole bunch component across the blend is 30% No fining; no filtration
Vintage: 2017 Varietal: Shiraz/Syrah Appellation: Yarra Valley, VIC Alcohol: 13.5%
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson It’s pretty much as you’d expect and hope; no better, no worse. Everything is in good sound order but at the same time – no mean feat – it offers a pile of personality. Bunchy herb notes, black cherry, svelte mouthfeel, peppercorns and florals. Heaps going on and yet it feels seamless. The finish isn’t scintillating, in terms of length, but it’s well and truly satisfying. It’s in a good place. It’s a very good wine. Impeccable, really. My score kept increasing the longer I sat with it, and this note probably reflects that. The Wine Front, 15 August 2018