J.E Syrah 2016
“Beautifully plush and drinking now.”- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
With its origins right across our three small vineyards, this wine that begins as a deep garnet feast for the eyes and a lifted, multi-layered nose: blueberry and violets, blood plums and dustings of cocoa powder and cinnamon. Dark plum and mixed-berry summer-pudding flavours along with gentle elements of complexity characterise this plush, approachable Syrah.
100% estate-grown Syrah from our three vineyards: Summit and Rufus in Mt Barker and Illuma in Nairne. Made deliberately to be a more approachable wine than our NGERINGA Syrah, the J.E Syrah is often selected for its juicier fruit expression, gentler tannin profile and approachability when young.
25% whole-bunch press. 15% new oak barriques and puncheon. Aged for 18 months in old French barrels.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled. Small amounts of sulphites added before bottling.
2016 was a dry, hot vintage from the outset with only periodic respite. Promising rains in July and August of 2015 gave way quickly to an extremely dry spring and above-average temperatures, with essentially none of the seasonal rains we rely upon from October through much of January. On the bright side, despite conditions at flowering, we had a better-than-ever fruit set that was consistent across all varieties. And then, just as vintage was becoming visible on the horizon, the miracle came: a perfectly-timed, drenching rainstorm hit South Australia on January 21 & 22, refreshing the vines in a way irrigation just cannot match. A second significant rain event in the first few days of February ensured that the vintage was saved. The harvest was very early, beginning in the middle of February, but not nearly as early as it would have been and the fruit was thoroughly revived. The result was higher-than-average yields, good acidity, moderate concentration and balanced, approachable wines. Winegrowing is rarely for the feint of heart!