The fruit for this single-vineyard Syrah comes from 80+-year-old vines from the Wardlaw’s Eden Valley Pendee Farm vineyard.
This small parcel of Eden Valley Syrah is handpicked and the fruit is mostly destemmed, though not crushed, into a one-tonne open-top fermenter with 30% whole bunch clusters. The fruit is kept cool for five days before being allowed to warm up naturally and start the fermentation process. The wine is then hand plunged twice daily for three weeks before being pressed to French oak puncheons (40% new) and aged on lees for 18 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
Red and black cherries, toasty oak, graphite and clove. The bouquet is brooding. It's a powerful, still young shiraz. Charm comes in the form of red-fruited high notes. Tannins and acidity preserve freshness. This is only just beginning to integrate. Huge potential.
93 points, The Real Review (August 2019)
80yo vines, 30% whole bunch, 70% whole berry, 3 weeks on skins, matured for 18 months in French oak (50% new). A perfect study in old vine elegance and harmony, the grapes picked when ripe, not overripe. Great pair (with its Shiraz sibling) deserving high praise.
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)