This Syrah has aromas of wild raspberry, blueberry, cracked pepper and hints of vanilla bean on the nose. Powerful, ripe tannins give the wine great structure. Oak plays a supporting role to the wine's pure fruit expression. This purity combined with refreshing natural acidity mean there is excellent potential for ageing.
Grapes were hand harvested from a range of individual sites and clones and then fermented separately before blending post-fermentation. A range of maceration periods allowed for increased complexity. 30% whole bunches were included in the fermentations which contribute to freshness, aromatics and structure. A very small percentage of Viognier skins were included in some batches to further aid complexity. The wine was aged for 14 months in a mixture of new and old 228 litre French oak barriques and larger 5000 litre oak casks.