A medium bodied Syrah that represents the renaissance of Terravinia Vineyard est c. 1870: a tiny four acre site nestled into a northern slope overlooking Murray River flats.
Wild yeast, 15% whole bunches, 50% whole berries, some stems. Basket pressed, 15% new French oak for 11 months.
Alc 13.7%. 356 dozen produced
Rated 94 points (Mike Bennie, Wine Business Monthly)
Rated 93 points (Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front):
Syrah from one of (if not the) the premier producers of the Rutherglen region... So much freshness. Such fine grain to the tannin. Cherry-berried flavours with licks of coffee, sweet spice, earth and malt. Fresh fruit is the paramount concern here; it feels elegant and sophisticated and yet buoyant at the same time. So much cherried goodness. Such a new and excellent take on what we might expect of a red from Rutherglen.
Max Allen (Australian Financial Review) writes:
Milhinch is right: if you’re expecting a typically dense, ripe, mouth-filling Rutherglen shiraz, you’ll be disappointed. This is fabulously lean, nervy, spicy, savoury: lots of flavour, but oh-so-elegant.