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2021 Syrah

A modern, elegant, cool climate style crafted from our premier parcels of southern Margaret River Syrah (Shiraz). Wild fermented, with a portion of whole bunch fermentation and carbonic maceration, this aromatic, fine-boned Syrah is luscious, spicy and beautifully complex, representing the future of our favourite ‘alternative’ Margaret River red varietal. 


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Transparent bright ruby with a purple tinge NOSE Lifted aniseed, white pepper, cacao, clove and pine sawdust sit on bright fragrant raspberry, cranberry and Japanese sour plum. PALATE Beautifully silky entrance, with chalkiness on the finish leaving a dry and immensely fragrant perfume lingering. Raspberry and cranberry juice with a red peppercorn spice and a hint of red liquorice remain.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Over the last few years we have been increasing the portions of our more southern, spicy parcels of fruit, as well as the percentage of carbonic maceration and whole bunch fermentation due to the vibrancy, complexity and drinkability these techniques bring to the final wine. A portion of the fruit was carefully tipped into an oak vat as whole bunches. The vat was closed up, filled with CO2 and left untouched for 7 days, causing an enzymatic fermentation in the uncrushed berry. The fruit was then foot stomped and allowed to start wild fermentation. The balance of the fruit was wild fermented as whole berries in stainless steel fermenters with open lid and oxidative handling, and only the wild yeast was allowed to ferment. The fermented small batches were pressed to only older French oak barriques and older oak vats for only 11 months to ensure the wine retains its elegant fine fruit perfumes. The 2021 vintage is elegant and fresh from a cool season.
Production Notes
100% Syrah (Shiraz)
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
5 years (fresh), 5+ years to reveal beautiful aged complexities
Harvest Date
March 2021
73% French oak barrique 1-6 year old, 27% 1000L oak vat, 11 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
July 2022
Vintage Notes

A year of peculiar weather where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. December and January luckily were very warm and dry, then canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. A second rainfall incident in early March was followed by sunny and breezy conditions to dry off the fruit for healthy ripening. With our judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested with little-to-no disease in our vineyards.

2021 Syrah
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  • 95 Points

    Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    100% wild ferment, 20% carbonic maceration, 13% whole bunches. Matured for 11 months in seasoned French oak. Iridescent in the glass, and all silky flow on the palate. The 2020 vintage was responsible for a tranche of wines that taste, frankly, effortless. This is one of those wines. Gorgeous, with all the push and pull of exotic spice, Chambord, orange zest and crispy nori you could possibly want. Glorious. (V20)

  • 95 Points

    Ray Jordan - The West Australian

    The fruit for this wine is largely from southern Margaret River vineyards. It’s made in a slightly softer and more restrained style to the standard shiraz from Vasse Felix. Beautifully aromatic and perfumed with a spicy dried herb mix. Carbonic maceration has been adopted to contribute to the light perfumes and effortless palate weight and smoothness. The tannins are fine and chalky and the oak brilliantly handled to compliment. It’s a wine that almost redefines Margaret River shiraz. (V20)

  • 94 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion - Jane Faulkner

    Not the easiest vintage in Margs, but you wouldn’t know it with this buoyant yet savoury offering. If anything, it needs more time in the bottle as it’s highlighting the exuberance of youth with its poppy dark fruits all spiced and tarted up with cranberry juice flavour. As it opens in the glass more layers are revealed, the texture of fine sandy tannins and lots of them, there’s a stony quality in a positive way as this is still tight. Savoury, complex and appealing.

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