This is a super concentrated Syrah that fills the palate whilst retaining good freshness and drive. Along with Syrah's dark fruit flavours there is also notes of olives, nuts, liquorice and dark spices. The tannins melt into the palate. A top, world class Syrah, that would made a great addition to any collectors cellar and is sure to be a show-stopping wine in a few years.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"This enticingly fragrant single vineyard Syrah from the Omahu Gravels vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district shows aromatics of violet, blueberry, herb garden, and underlying spice. The concentrated and refined palate of dark berry and plum combines with savoury oak complexity. Elegantly balanced, and finely textured with chalky tannins this wine finishes long. Dictinct and age-worthy.
The 2018 vintage from the Omahu Gravels Vineyard has produced a perfumed and finely styled Syrah. A very warm season with above average growing degree days well above the long term average combined with below-average rainfall set the vineyards up well. Early season "green harvesting" to reduce yields and improve quality, combined with meticulous canopy management throughout the season rewarded us with ideal ripeness, flavour, development, concentration and tannin maturity."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2016 Vintage)
"Bright, vibrant, high energy syrah with taut violet, berry, pepper and spicy oak flavours. An elegant powerhouse that needs time to release its full potential thanks to a backbone of fine yet assertive tannins."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"The wine offers outstanding fruit purity; the seductive bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, violet and olive notes with a hint of black pepper complexity. It is mouthfilling and delectable on the palate, exhibiting layers of fine texture and fleshy mouthfeel, brilliantly enhanced by succulent fruit flavours and polished tannins. At its best: 2020 to 2030."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"The estate-grown 2016 vintage was hand-harvested from 18 year-old vines in the Omahu Gravels and Twyford Gravels vineyards, in the Gimblett Gravels, and matured for 20 months in French oak barriques (43 per cent new). Dark and purple-flushed, it is enticingly floral, with lifted plum and black pepper aromas. Concentrated and vibrantly fruity, it is richly varietal and smoothly textured, with fresh, concentrated plum, berry and pepper flavours, and a long, spicy finish. Best drinking 2021+."
96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"Purple and ruby with a purple, crimson and pink rim. Distinctive, complex and youthful bouquet with quite urgent and competing aromas of raspberries and plums, blackcurrants and blue fruits. There’s also plenty of new(ish) oak scents with fresh toasty spices, but also a distinctive varietal peppery frame. Vibrant, textured, youthful and fruity core on the palate. Flavours do reflect the nose, firm tannins and higher acidity need time to settle in and when they do this wine will be incredible. A lengthy and complex and detailed wine with flavours that reflect the nose. Best from 2022 through 2032."