Konpira Maru Gymkata Syrah is a cracking drink. It is not your typical Shiraz though. It is light, spicy, especially peppery, dark-fruited, juicy on the palate. There is an element of simplicity to the Konpira Maru Gymkata but I think that actually adds to the enjoyment. And enjoy this wine I do. It is charming, drinkable and enjoyable right now.
Alistair Reed & Sam Cook discovered they share similar viticultural, winemaking and beer-drinking values. In 2014 the first release of Konpira Maru netted just 600 bottles. Their goal is interesting wines with minimal intervention and maximum care, full of character, but also with a focus on affordability and a high-drinkability factor. They source fruit from South Burnett, Granite Belt QLD and Kilmore in Victoria. In 2016, Konpira Maru took on their own Whitlands vineyard.
While not actually a wine region. It could fit neatly into Macedon or Sunbury. It has a cool-climate, elevation, higher rainfall. Therefore the ability to make great wine is present.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or winemaker 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.