Tom and Sally Natural Wine Makers. During vintage they add nothing to the ferments and intervene as little as possible to the process. No added yeasts or anything really. Filtering or fining and sulphur is only added just before bottle to preserve the wine over its life time. The grapes come from conventionally farmed vineyards in the Yarra until their organic vineyard comes on stream. The wines are different to what we normally see but allow us to see what wine is like without all the processes that are often used. Not better or worse, just another spectrum on the scale of delicious wine.
Dark, fleshy, vibrant, earthy, charming and very complex. This is quite a wine. The balance on the palate is wonderful, the rich fruit sits over the generous tannins. It does lean towards the natural wine earthiness but there is plenty of other characters going on. I have a feeling that a nother 5 or so years in the bottle wouldn’t hurt and might even help. Serve with some roo fillets in a bush plum marinade.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
Yarra Valley – A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.