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'I don't think there is a more exciting, boundary pushing and innovative Syrah than this. It's like a hit of mezcal, with pepperberries, violets and charcuterie all baying for attention. Wow. That this comes from the same vineyard as Giaconda is amazing, given the polarity. Just. Buy. It. '
My Wine Guy
Handpicked from the Warner Vineyard in Beechworth, three hours north of Melbourne. The vineyard is situated in the foothills of the Alpine Valley of Victoria and is composed of granitic-loam over clay and areas of slate and shale. It is also famous for another winery who also share the vineyard from time to time - Giaconda. The Warner vineyard is a pretty special bit of turf (with the occassional granite boulder strewn among the rows wreaking havoc for those wanting to pick the fruit) and when it is on song, there is no better cool-climate Victorian Shiraz. This vintage is something extra special. It is a spell-binding mix of smoken ash, charcuterie, pepperberries, violets and chalky, chewey tannins. Unbelievable wine, you feel enlivened just being in its presences.
Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Fermented as 100% whole bunches, 50 day extended maceration, with indigenous yeasts, racked to one and two year old French puncheons, sur lees for 15 months, gravity racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered. No acid, enzymes or additives other than a small amount of sulphur dioxide was used in production.
This again comes from the Warner vineyard in Beechworth, the same site that gifts us the Jamsheed Roussanne. Here the soil is a deep, pink granitic loam over clay, with some slate and shale. The Syrah vines here are now almost 50 years old and occupy a beautiful, west facing position opposite Castagna at 430 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Alpine Valley. Gary Mills shares the Syrah fruit here with Giaconda, but the wine that results could not be more different in style. Firstly Gary picks earlier, in the window where he feels the smoky, mineral granitic soils of the site shine through. To this end, he has been picking earlier and earlier.
The bouquet is shy and elusive, with obvious stemmy whole-bunch ferment nuances, not green and vegetal, but more floral in nature. The palate is elegant and medium to full-bodied, with intensity and drive, peppery flavours, a hint of licorice and some richness. The balance is good and the tannins are attractively smooth and supple. Delicious wine indeed
'Pepper, assorted spice, stems and licoricey/blackberried fruit. Pure Beechworth and pure Jamsheed. Dry, smokin' tobacco notes. Assertive minerally tannin. Floral lift. Nails quality to the wall.'
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Companion (2013 Vintage)
96 Points - Huon Hook (2013 Vintage)
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