This is the first vintage that Meadowbank has released a single varietal Syrah. The grapes are partly from some of the oldest vines on the Meadowbank vineyard, planted in 1974, with the remainder coming from a newer (north facing) site that sits on similar soils. These vines are responsible for the 2011 Jimmy Watson trophy winner (Mon Pere from Glaetzer Dixon).
It is another home run for Peter Dredge and the team at Meadowbank. 100% whole berries with minimal fining or filtration, it is spicy, savoury and delicious with lashings of dark fruit and wild flower aromas. As is typical of Tassie Syrah, it's more elegant and stylish than the bold and punchy Syrah we see in other parts of Australia, cool climate Syrah at its finest. Limited quantities have been made so don't wait on this one.
Meadowbank’s history with Syrah (or Shiraz) dates back to our oldest vines planted in 1974, and includes growing fruit for the 2011 Jimmy Watson winning Glaetzer-Dixon Mon Pete Shiraz.
The 2018 Meadowbank Syrah is 100% whole berry, natural ferment, 12 days on skins, delestage early, pigeage late, pressed early to old French oak casks. Natural MLF matured on lees for 9 months, racked and bottled with no fining and minimal sulphur.
The wine shows deep purple colour with a clean, fragrant, black pepper spice and dark cherry aroma so typical of cool climate Syrah. Pure fruit character follows through here on the palate with soft, elegant tannin with crisp natural acid.
Meadowbank was first planted in 1974 prior to the purchase of the estate by Gerald and Sue Ellis in 1976. The initial plantings were small, but the business was enthusiastically grown by Gerald into the premium offering that is seen today. Partnering with friend and winemaker Peter Dredge, the next chapter is now being written. ‘Meadowbank’ is the purest realisation of what our vineyard and Tasmania can offer. Located in the verdant Coal River Valley, north of Hobart in Tasmania, Meadowbank has two estate vineyards spanning over 50 hectares. The primary vineyard sites are at Cambridge and Glenora. Modern winemaking influence is obvious in these well packaged, cleanly made wines. Reflecting their cool climate origins, the winemaking team pick at physiological ripeness to elicit the most natural expression of their fruit.
Fascinating aromas of slate, dark berries and crushed stone. Some black-tea stalks, too. Medium body. Firm tannins. Fresh finish.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Light colour, the hue good; very spicy/savoury. Just didn't get ripe enough.