A team up for Alain Graillot and his Australian importer with local wine maker Luke Lambert. Based out of a 3.3 hectare plot in Heathcote. There are two wines made, the Syrah and Syrah No. 2. The main Syrah comes from the stoney top block and make to be savoury and of the earth. While No.2 comes from the flatter ground and is more forward and approachable.
Due to the cool and challenging season of 2011 this is a barrel selection rather than the normal site selection. 25% whole bunches with the rest gently destemmed.
“No problems whatsoever with the colour, full purple-red, and even less with the bouquet and palate. There was no disease in the vineyard, and the ripening conditions were considered ideal by the Graillot team. The luscious, mouthfilling black fruits are absolutely remarkable outside WA and Tasmania, this is the richest and most distinguished ’11 vintage red from Eastern Australia I have tasted in the more than 6000 wines to pass across my palate this year.”
97 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
The glamour region of Victoria for lovers of big reds. And the core production is Shiraz and Cabernet with ‘guts’. But it is a region that offers a lot of diversity when you scratch the surface. The cooler southern parts border Macedon and make lovely aromatic wines. There is a lot of experimentation and adoption of more drought resistant Italian varieties to great effect too.
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.