A medium bodied and refined Syrah boasting all the typical characteristics expected from a cool climate style. The nose offers a complex array of red and blue fruits, think dark cherries, blood plums and blueberries. The fruit is supported by violet florals, a little ink, olive, nutmeg and sandalwood. Juicy fruit flavours of raspberry, plums and cherry combine on the palate supported by a meaty charcuterie character, some aniseed, black olive and white pepper. Supple tannins and bright acid make this a superb and versatile food wine.
Simon Black, Chief Winemaker
The fruit was hand harvested and de-stemmed into 2 tonne open fermenters, followed by a short cold maceration period of between 3 and 5 days. Some batches underwent wild fermentation and others were inoculated with RC212 yeast. At the completion of primary fermentation, the grapes were pressed and the wine transferred to one and two year old French oak barriques and puncheons for malo-lactic fermentation followed by maturation for 11 months.