92 POINTS JAMES HALLIDAY 2023
Despite the 14.3% alcohol, this sits well in the realm of syrah. Feels medium weight, satiny in texture and decidedly spicy. A lithe, finely wrought expression with dark cherry scents and flavours, a sprinkle of black pepper, brined green olive characters and a lavender floral lift. Quite tightly wound in the palate, savoury too, with fine, silty tannins and a core of crushed granite-like minerality. The finish, a touch adjunct with lemony acidity lingering. All up, a very pleasing red.
At 14.3% it is a good result for the wet on again off again 2021 red veraison. This syrah has more body and fruit weight than anticipated. 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, and 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.
Another enjoyable red wine from Heritage Estate’s new winemaker Stephen Oliver, it’s ready to go now and over the next 5+ years. 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.