SYRAH Block One 2017

Classic cool climate Syrah. Wonderfully weighted elegant wine with fresh cherry and licorice notes combined with subtle oak, hints of spicy fine grained tannin, a velvet mouthfeel and lengthy finish.

$33 per bottle

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About the Vintage

The Season

A cooler season, with slightly higher than average rainfall. Even bud burst without frost issues. Cooler weather over flowering set a smaller cropload. Good settled weather until just prior to harvest time when increased rainfall meant selective picking was necessary to ensure a balanced and healthy crop. Small volumes but in excellent condition.

The Winemaking

Each parcel of fruit was passed over a sorting table before being crushed and destemmed into small 1.5tonne open fermenters. Fermentation began naturally after an ambient soak of 2-3 days. The skins were regularly punched down during ferment and the wine spent a total of 22-26 days cuvaison before each different ferment was pressed, settled and racked to a mix of French oak, 20% new. In oak the wine underwent a natural Malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 10 months in French oak barriques before being racked, blended and bottled in March the following year.

The Vineyard

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from the Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. All the vines are of the Mass se-lected ‘Limmer’ clone on a mix of Riparia Gloire, 3309, 101-14 and Schwarzmann rootstocks. Each parcel of fruit was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and extensive crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of approximately 1kg per vine. Download Fact Sheet

The Accolades

2016
5 stars Raymond Chan

2015
5 stars Raymond Chan

2014 – None produced

2013
5 stars Raymond Chan
Gold & Trophy Canterbury Wine Awards

2012
4 stars Raymond Chan

2011
4 stars Raymond Chan
4 stars Michael Cooper

2010
4 stars Raymond Chan

2009
4 stars Raymond Chan

SYRAH Block One 2017

$33 per bottle

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