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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.

WINEMAKING

The hand harvested fruit is destemmed and transferred to a 75 year old open topped concrete fermenter for fermentation. Fermentation begins spontaneously and when active the ferment is gently plunged by hand four times daily. When fermentation is complete, the new wine is macerated and then pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and ageing, before being bottled.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENT

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.

FOOD MATCH

Perfect with rich red meats and game.

IDEAL DRINKING

Can be enjoyed in its youth but has the potential to gain complexity over many years.