2018 Adelaide Hills Syrah


While working and travelling throughout Spain and France, I gained an appreciation of the importance of texture, mouthfeel and drinkability. My syrah is a medium bodied, elegant wine, with aromas of cherries, spice and lavender. Silky tannins and discrete acidity give length to the palate, which has a lingering, savoury finish.

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In the vineyard

Planted by Brian Croser AO (for Petaluma) in 1999, the vineyard comprises several clones from the Tahbilk and Wendouree selections, as well as 1654. Whilst the various clones are planted separately, I selected fruit from multiple clones, all hand-picked on the same day and fermented together as one parcel. This practice, I believe, adds complexity, rather than harvesting each clone separately at so-called “optimal maturity” and then blending later.   Furthermore, the slight variation in maturities (from the different clones) provides a more natural balance of acidity, flavour and potential alcohol.

In the winery

Approximately 20% of the fruit was placed in the bottom of an open fermenter and the rest was destemmed (but not crushed) on top. Fermentation proceeded using indigenous yeasts and lasted several weeks. Total maceration time on skins was 7 weeks. Counter-intuitively, the long maceration leads to softer tannins and a more textural palate structure. Once pressed, the wine was matured in French oak hogsheads (25% new) for 14 months. This wine has not been fined or filtered and therefore may form a deposit in the bottle after a few years.

Food Match

I’ve seen so many wines paired with rare and exotic ingredients that it simply makes me cringe.   I don’t believe there’s a specific recipe or ingredient that’s a perfect match, or if there is, it’s probably only applicable to the person writing it.  I find that wine styles I enjoy tend to go well with the foods that I enjoy and vice versa.  I suspect it’s a combination of personal preferences for textures, acidity, flavours etc.  With seafood, this wine goes well with seared tuna or poached salmon.  With poultry, try duck or turkey.  Red meats – try veal.  It also goes well with pork.  And dare I say it, but I’ve had it with a nice home made hamburger!

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Single Bottle, Six Pack


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