The fruit is hand-picked from 21-year old Syrah vines and sorted by hand. It is then crushed into small open-top fermenters. Around 5% whole bunch is used with wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the opulence and spice of Syrah. The wine spent two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine-grained large format French oak (40% new). The wine is aged for 14 months prior to bottling and made with minimum effective sulphites, it is not fined and only minimally filtered.
All the cracked pepper and blackberry, the hint of wetsuit neoprene reduction, ground spices, char-grilled sausages on the BBQ. Medium-bodied, blueberry and blackberry, husky wheatgerm flavour and tannin, sweetness chopped back with thyme and black olive, clean acidity, boysenberry pie and a dry nutty finish of excellent length. Excellent. Savoury. Regional. Quite the looker.
94 points, The Wine Front (September 2020)
Intense ruby and deep purple colours. A bright nose of blackberries, crushed-shells and dry herbs. A medium-weight red with well-concentrated fruits, all layered with broken stone and morcilla savoury notes. Quite firm and ripe tannins grip the mouth, but release into the finish leaving a pleasing fan of softness.
93 points, The Real Review (October 2020)