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.
A barrel selection of the most fruit forward Syrah from this challenging vintage. This is made to be enjoying from release and allow you to let the estate Syrah to mature for a while.
“This also has excellent hue, with little difference. In theory, this is a bolder, more obviously Australian wine, but in this vintage it isn’t, but needs no apology. It doesn’t have the fleshy opulence of the Heathcote Shiraz, instead with an elegance to its medium-bodied fruits of red and black cherry, oak evident, but not obtrusive. Another success? Absolutely.” 94 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.