Given the name ’Syrah’ I expected a lower a/v but this wine’s 14.3% which is a good result for the wet on again off again 2021 red veraison. Both the bouquet and the palate explain themselves with conviction regarding the wines ’Syrah’ nature.
A lovely colour with a rim radiating ruby hues pierced with some impassioned projected purple tints.
There are very redolent wafts from this wine of ripe red fruits and spices and a little slightly smoky oak, the bouquet certainly announces a red fruited spicy wine. The palate is long and smooth with quite ripe fruit, lush red raspberries lick and lap your taste buds with generosity, ripe reddish purple plums are a little plump in their massaging mouthfeel but this is quickly transformed by a white pepper infusion permeated with some tasty aniseed – ripe but spicy fruit is a palatal signature – acidity matches and moves the fruits progression along the wines lengthy presentation, the tannins are quite ripe, smooth and embodied with a little earth.
It’s been a warmer day in Brisbane the temperature peaked at 28° C so I thought a ‘syrah’ might be a fitting choice but this syrah has more body and fruit weight than I anticipated, luckily the evening has cooled considerably. Another enjoyable red wine from Heritage Estate’s new wine maker Stephen Oliver, it’s ready to go now and over the next 5+ years.
Crush Ferment: John Handy
Fine Finish Bottled: Stephen Oliver
Oak: French (my guess)
Fruit Source: Estate
We have chosen to use the original French name for this grape in honour of its light, dry complexity. The nose is bright and clean with hints of spice and raspberry, while the palates bursts with bright berries and white pepper. The acid and tannins are beautifully balanced and offset by the subtle fruit. Syrah pairs with meat dishes, cheese, olives and all good hearty food. Drink now or enjoy its cellared development over the next decade.