2015 Syrahmi Granite
2015 Syrahmi Granite
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The name Syrahmi is a made up from “Syrah” the French word for Shiraz and “Ami” meaning friend. The idea being a “friendly Shiraz” or “A friend of Shiraz”. Syrahmi began in 2004 when Adam Foster gave up his day job as a Chef to pursue his dream of becoming a wine maker. He purchased his first tonne and a half of grapes from Heathcote winery and the dream was born.
As a wine maker, Adam's philosophy has always been to express the true terroir of the vineyard and vintage, and along the way he's found that great success can be achieved through minimal human intervention in the winemaking process and by simply putting trust in Mother Nature.
Each year grapes are sourced and selected from a different single vineyard in the Heathcote region. For that reason each year the Syrahmi wines will have a different name to reflect the vintage. 2015 is named Granite… Grown on the rolling granite hills of Tooborac!
2015 was a very early and hot vintage; grapes were ripening at a rate that I had not seen in Heathcote before. Picking grapes with balance and acidity was the key. The last pick of the year from the southern most vineyards was the one and only that made it into Syrahmi 2015, amazing to think it was only the first time I had ever worked with this vineyard. With ripe Shiraz grapes being picked at only 12.4% Be’.
80% whole bunch, wild yeast fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Open fermenter, no pumping, hand plunged only, 36 days on skins before pressing. Free run only used for this wine.
Aged in used 2800L Foudre 100% French for 17 months. Wine is left on lees without racking, then bottled unfined & unfiltered with min. SO2 added.
Dark and deep brick red, a riot of perfume of ripe wild raspberries, crushed granite rock and wet earth, smoked bacon fat, cherries, bergamot tea and black olive paste create a sense of excitement. Lightness with finesse and elegance. Complex, dense medium weight palate with intense energy. Lifted perfume of black olive tapenade, smoked meats with red and blue fruits add to the fine boned tannin from the 80% whole bunch used. Long, complex with rich red fruits, finishing with salivating freshness from the driving acidity.
Adam Foster has always had an interest in food and wine. Whilst spending many of his years completing a chef’s apprenticeship and working in some of Victoria and London’s best kitchens he also maintained an interest in Front of House activities – particularly the cellars and wine lists.
Foster’s unadulterated passion for wine came from the early days working shifts at Walters Wine Bar. He concentrated his efforts particularly on French and Australian Rhone styles. He had the privilege of working with some of what he considers to be the most outstanding wineries in Australia and France such as Torbreck, Chapoutier, Mitchelton, Heathcote Winery, Domaine Ogier and Jasper Hill.
During these studies Foster included extensive travels throughout Europe learning and discovering some of the most outstanding regions and labels firsthand. With the guidance and support of people such as Ron Laughton, Don Lewis, Stephane Ogier, Jono Mepham, and Pierre Gaillard.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Earthy notes, wet stone, then the dark berries, plummy fruit, whiffs of briar and pepper. Good, complex start. Slips over the tongue with ease, shows some light, fine tannin grip, offers an array of fruit and spice flavours, some stony minerality too. Delicious, fine, elegant wine this, reminiscent of the great syrahs from anywhere. Very good.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Hand-picked and sorted in vineyard and winery, wild yeast open-fermented, 85% whole bunches, 32 days on skins, matured in a 2800l used French demi-muid. Elegant, highly spiced bouquet, the palate medium-bodied with the stalky/savoury/purple fruit profile that whole bunches create. This has length and finesse. Will please most, but not all.