Single Vineyard Location: Moculta, Eden Valley
Soil: Clay over ironstone and quartz
Elevation: 397m above sea level
A complex brooding expression of Eden Valley Syrah its grainy tannins are supported by dark cherry, earthy, Bloody Mary flavours. This wine has been matured in 100% new French oak puncheons for 17 months sur lie to further enhance its flavours. A wine for ‘grown-ups’, so undress it now if you’re feeling frisky, or in 8-10 years time if you’re looking for a more exotic tease.
Eden Valley is the perfect playground for us to further explore our winemaking philosophy, which we describe as a ‘sensibility for tradition with a passion for innovation’. At a higher elevation than the Barossa Valley below, one can make even more diverse and seductive expressions of Syrah that speak of their unique sites.
jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, July 2017. Score: 93
"Blueberries, blackberries and iodine introduce a brooding nose that also features balsam and freshly picked violets. Full body, dense yet juicy tannins and a long finish. Very layered wine. Drink now or in 2019."
Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Edition, James Halliday, Hardie Grant Books. Rating 94
"Crushed/destemmed, open-fermented, 10 days on skins, matured for 18 months in French puncheons (100% new). Deep, dense colour, although brighter than the Craneford Syrah; this is similarly full-bodied, but allows a little more light into the dense fruit; the tannins are better balanced, and, tellingly more savoury."
WBM January/February 2016, Mike Bennie, page 108. 92 points
"The label will raise a few eyebrows, but it's always what's inside that counts. A smooth ride here with even red and black fruits, pepper spice, chinotto-like sour-sweetness. The texture is juicy, making this wine guzzlable and fun to drink. MB"