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.
Each year grapes for Syrahmi are sourced and selected from different vineyards in the Heathcote region. Thus each year the wines are given a different name to reflect the vintage.
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.
The vine cuttings were taken from the famous Wendouree Mataro block in the Clare Valley and planted in the Greenstone vineyard located 45km north of Heathcote. Making this wine was all about laissez faire winemaking; I wanted to capture the purity of Mourvèdre fruit without the dense, rich structure that it is famous for.
50% whole bunch fermentation, with wild yeasts in an open-top fermenter. Gentle plunge every second day, with 22 days left on skins before pressing. Maturation in 500L French oak puncheons for 11 months, then an additional year in bottle before release.
Bright and light raspberry red in colour, the perfumed nose of ripe berry fruits, raspberries and layered with dried herbs, amaro and warm spice of garam masala. Savoury turned earth, spice, lifted whole bunch (50%) and a meaty small goods character. Medium bodied, lighter on its feet than most Mourvèdre’s. This wine is all about texture and fine velvet like fine tannins; palate is long, rolling and fresh.
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
Fragrant wine of floral, lavender and violet notes, red currants, mulberry, raspberry liquorice and some undergrowth characters chiming in faintly. Palate is supple, juicy, fruit driven, pure of fruit feel, fine in squelch of tannins and generally carrying a joyous drinkability. There’s a little more under the hood than expected, but the gist is drinkability is exceptional.