MIKE’S WINE NOTES:
Mike Davies – Wine Maker – Founder Greenskin Wine
Technically, Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape. Syrah is made from the Shiraz grape in Rhone (French) style.
So – Why have I called this wine Syrah instead of Shiraz?
It is not because I want to sound “continental” or have an “Aussie cultural cringe”. Far from it – in fact, my brother is called Baz – and Shaz & Gaz are also good mates of mine.
The reason is that this wine was expertly made for us by Japo Dalli Cani of McHenry Hohnen with the Rhone Valley in mind. Rather than trying to emulate the great wines of the Barossa (and let’s not forget Will Nairn’s great Peel Estate Shiraz from just south of Perth), the opportunity to make an alternative style that is more about perfume and spice was far more alluring.
Japo has created this wine by vinifying a high percentage of whole clusters and adding a touch of Roussanne fruit that is co-fermented with the Syrah/Shiraz. Large format/neutral oak has been his preferred oak treatment choice, and the result is an opulent and languid wine that is just so easy to drink.
This wine is not a classic South Oz Shiraz. It is a superb example of what Margaret River can do with this variety.
- Colour: Deep ruby with purple tints
- Bouquet: Dark berry fruit, pepper and oriental spice augmented by hints of truffle, black bean and cloves
- Palate: Principal fruit characters of fresh Blackcurrant and Boysenberry quickly give way to a complex mesh of sweet, spicy & juicy fullness with a soft and savoury finish.
ANDREW’S WINE NOTES:
Andrew Caillard – Master of Wine – Author & Film Maker
Medium deep crimson. Blackberry, dark chocolate hint paneforte aromas. Generous and ripe with plentiful dark berry fruits, dark chocolate, mocha notes, smooth velvety textures and integrated mineral acidity. Finishes chocolaty with plenty of sweet fruit, cedar notes. Impressive quality in this format with lovely minerally petrichor freshness. 13.2%
Pauline (verified owner) –
Purchased this because we were travelling outback on some very rough roads and glass not recommended.. we were so pleasantly surprised with the quality of the wine and look forward to wine-o’clock on the track ! Have shown and shared with so many people while travelling and they too have enjoyed the wine and loved the concept .. 🍷🍷🍷
Hi Pauline, Thank you very much for your feedback it is much appreciated! Thanks for joining the #glasslessrevolution and helping spread the word too! Cheers Kim and Mike
Erika Kelly (verified owner) –
We originally purchased the medley pack and found the Syrah is one of our favorites. A beautifully bodied wine – a perfect traveling companion
Thanks so much for the review of the Syrah Erika, it is also one of our favourites, so glad you agree!