2017 “Fin de la Terre” Yarra Valley Syrah
It sees 100% whole bunch in the ferment, so hold on to your hats. Steels Creek is the single site.
This is really good gear. Succulent, silky, long, slightly wild. Definitely shows off that snap of brown stems, lift of pepper, gloss in texture of the whole bunch turbo-charge, but there’s just ripe raspberry characters, charcuterie too, even a spiff of Chinese five spice in the mix.
Effortless glide through the palate on rails of cool acidity and tightness on slender rails of tannin to a refreshing, slightly too-tangy, finish. All up, really like this edgy wine.
Mike Bennie, The Winefront
From a single vineyard in Steels Creek at a warmer lower elevation. Wild-fermented with 100% whole bunches, matured in large-format used oak. Bright clear purple-crimson. Has that distinctive fresh, focused profile of well made wines from the vintage. Red and dark cherry with a kitchen cupboard full of spice. Particularly good line, length and balance for a medium-bodied wine of great character. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. Rating 95 To 2032
2015 “Fin de la Terre” Yarra Valley Syrah
Deep crimson-purple; radiates its sense of place with aromas of black cherry, liquorice and cracked pepper, savoury tannins joining the party on the complex, well balanced palate. Still settling in, but is a winner in the medium term.