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.
“The interplay of warm- and cool-climate characters is quite beautiful. Pepper and spice notes abound but in a context of fresh, ripe, blackberry and black cherry flavour. Licks of fennel, smoke and violet are part of the show and there’s a hum of fine tannin from at least the mid-palate onwards. It gives up the flavours but then draws them all back in; controlled; classical.” 96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017 edition
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.