||As a wine maker, my aim has always been to express the true terroir of the vineyard and vintage, and along the way I have learnt you can have great success through minimal human intervention in the winemaking process and by simply putting your trust in Mother Nature.
Each year grapes for Syrahmi are sourced and selected from a different vineyard in the Heathcote region. Thus each year the wine’s I make are given different name to reflect the vintage.
In 2008, the vintage was quite simply out of control; stressful, manic…storm like. Certainly the most difficult I have experienced in my 10 cumulative vintages in Australia and France therefore the 2008 Syrahmi was named Maelstrom Shiraz.
(1) A violent or turbulent situation: caught in the maelstrom of war
(2) A whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.
The summer of 2009 brought us 7 days of 40+degrees in February and shaped this vintage dramatically, this inspired the 2009 Syrahmi vintage to be called Climat Shiraz.
(1) ‘a vineyard name or named vineyard’
(2) ‘catastrophic climate conditions’
This year is even more exciting with the release of two more wines.
The first release of the 2006 Syramhi La La (Reserve) is in homage to Guigal’s infamous La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne. This is my attempt to age single vineyard Heathcote Shiraz in 100% new oak for 36 months. It’s small batch - from a single barrel of Shiraz, the La La will only ever be released in great vintages.
…and the one you have been waiting for, the French Granache, 2008 L’Imposteur, what can I say, a dream come true. I hope that I get the opportunity to create another one of these, it’s truly a wine very close to my heart.
I hope you enjoy drinking these wines, as much as I have loved making them.