Previously labeled 'Graillot Project' Syrah No. 2, the 2016 vintage was the last vintage of this wine to be bottled under the Graillot labelling. The overall feeling was that the time was right to emphasise the vineyard and region over the makers.
Further, with the wines (from 2018) now made at Place of Changing Winds, the two Heathcote Syrah wines can now be seen as part of the Place of Changing Winds family.
This 2017 vintage was raised by winemaker Luke Lambert. The vintage gave exceptionally pure, balanced fruit, which is borne out in the quality of this release.
All the fruit is hand harvested and the 2017 was blended from spontaneous 100% whole bunch ferments. Mostly large format, neutral oak (predominantly Stockinger) and no sulphur used through the ageing.
A lighter, more medium-bodied approach to Shiraz, than your usual Heathcote offering. Red-berry fruits, with a gamey, meaty note and sprinklings of white pepper. Floral notes provide lift and prettiness, but the intrigue factor is the savoury palate. The influence of the Northern Rhone is clear.