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2013 ‘Does Your Dog Bite?’ Eden Valley Syrah – Moculta

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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.


Tasting Note
2013 'Does Your Dog Bite' Eden Valley Syrah, Moculta, 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."

2013 'Does Your Dog Bite' Eden Valley Syrah, Moculta

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."

2013 'Does Your Dog Bite' Eden Valley Syrah, Moculta

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"

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