Winemakers Reserve Syrah
This is a single vineyard wine from the Cornerstone Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels. The vines, planted in 1996, are spur pruned and trained on a vertically shoot positioned trellis and intensively managed to provide quality grapes for this Winemakers Reserve wine. Yields are kept very low and the fruit is hand harvested.
The hand harvested fruit was destemmed and transferred to a 75 year old open topped concrete fermenter for fermentation. Fermentation began spontaneously and when active the ferment was gently plunged by hand four times daily. When fermentation was complete, the new wine was macerated and then pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and ageing, before being bottled.
This is a deeply coloured and aromatic wine representing the best of the harvest. It displays notes of red fruits, plums, pepper and spice with a subtle oak complexity. It is full bodied and very rich, but the natural acidity so typical of Gimblett Gravels Syrah gives the wine freshness and length. Only a small quantity was produced.
Perfect with rich red meats and game.
Can be enjoyed in its youth but has the potential to gain complexity over many years.