Uncultured Syrah Nouveau 2017
"My kind of wine! This is positively smashable."- Erinn Klein, Winemaker
Unlike all of our other red wines that are matured in oak, this early bottled Syrah is full of lifted primary red berry fruit, violets, blueberries and liquorice that want to jump out of the glass. The pallet has a little spritz of carbon dioxide gas a remnant of primary fermentation, and is full of rich, red berries, plums and darker fruit. Gentle extraction of tannins from the grape skins during the fermentation process has yielded a soft textured, approachable wine.
This wine hails from three parcels of Syrah, two from different portions of our Summit vineyard and one from our Iluma vineyard in Nairne, allowing us to choose the very best fruit for this upfront style.
100% whole-bunch fermented; aged in older French barrels for four months; deliberately bottled with dissolved CO2 to preserve this unsulphured wine against oxidation.
Wild fermentation, no enzymes, oxidative handling pre-fermentation, spontaneous malolactic fermentation, gentle extraction, warmer fermentation, minimal temperature control. No fining. Estate bottled.
The abiding climatic feature of note at the start of the 2016/17 season was rain: the Adelaide Hills recorded its largest annual rainfall in a quarter of a century – meaning the largest our vineyards have ever seen. Notably, a third of that rain fell in July and September, saturating soils as the vines for the start of the growing season*. The result of this moisture, along with usually low temperatures, was late budburst and flowering. High levels of soil moisture and continuing rains through spring meant that our vines needed no further irrigation. Dense leaf canopies increased disease pressure for many in our region, but our biodynamically-managed vineyards remained healthy, vibrant and largely pest free, carrying a good crop to harvest. We began picking with our happy band of French vineyard hands about three weeks later than usual, but that long, slower-than-usual development created fine ripe tannins, good concentration and loads of flavour across all of our varieties. In sum, 2017 was a dream vintage in many respects: terrific quantity, excellent quality and an extended harvest.