Iluma Syrah 2017
A complex intriguing rich expression of our top Syrah site. - Erinn Klein, Winemaker
An elegant and refined Syrah, representative of one of Ngerina’s finest vintages. Deep red in colour with aromas of green peppercorn, olive tapenade, five spice, blueberry and brambles. Flavour-wise, it’s ripe brooding dark fruit characters are balanced by earthy tones with hints of liquorice and aniseed.
NGERINGA Iluma Syrah is grown on a westerly facing slope on the immediate foothills to the north of Mt Barker Summit. At 420m altitude, the soil of the Iluma vineyard sparkles with micaceous schist, capturing the eyes, and the imagination, of many a passerby, with its mystical reflective qualities. The grapes are selected from a small section within the Iluma vineyard where there are three distinct rocky ridges. It’s here that the schist is most concentrated, and the grapes have the best flavour.
The bunches are gently hand-harvested, and then de-stemmed into small batch fermenters, where they remain on skins for up to 28 days before pressing into French oak barriques and Foudre, for 24-months of maturation before bottling. One of our premium wines, the Iluma Syrah is sealed with best quality cork and wax capping.
Adelaide Hills recorded its largest annual rainfall in a quarter of a century during the 2017 growing season. Although these heavy rains created disease pressure for many local wineries, our biodynamically-managed vineyards remained healthy and vibrant producing some of our best grapes so far. An extended harvest helped by a long slow ripening period also contributed to what was, for us, a dream vintage, offering both excellent quality grapes and quantity.