ILuma Syrah 18 750×750

Single Vineyard Iluma Syrah 2018 750mL

$60.00

*We have sold out of our current Iluma Syrah 2018 and Syrah 2019. We do have small quantities of back vintage Syrah available. Please contact us directly or see the online shop.*

The Syrah is gently hand harvested into small 15kg crates and mostly destemmed into small batch fermenters. A small quantity of whole bunches were placed in the bottom of each fermenter. The grapes were gently plunged by hand or feet twice a day for a long extraction over two to three weeks. This syrah was pressed into new (30%) French oak barriques (228L) and left in barrel to mature for 11 months.  A small dose of sulfur was added at blending, prior to bottling. No enzymes, no fining, no filtration.

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On the northern slope of the Mount Barker Summit, at an altitude of 420m, is the Iluma Vineyard, home of Ngeringa’s “most inspiring and exciting fruit”. The majority of Ngeringa Syrah and Viognier is planted in the Iluma vineyard, facing west on lean, textured soil of micaceous schist and ironstone over clay. The Iluma vineyard is also long certified biodynamic with no chemical sprays applied.

The Syrah is gently hand harvested into small 15kg crates and mostly destemmed into small batch fermenters. A small quantity of whole bunches were placed in the bottom of each fermenter. The grapes were gently plunged by hand or feet twice a day for a long extraction over two to three weeks. This syrah was pressed into new (30%) French oak barriques (228L) and left in barrel to mature for 11 months. A small dose of sulfur was added at blending, prior to bottling. No enzymes, no fining, no filtration.

The growing season experienced variable weather with good subsoil moisture from late winter rains. Summer experienced some warm to hot periods but were always followed by cooler conditions, enabling a healthy canopy and protected bunches. During veraison, this trend continued, leading to excellent flavor development. Picking decisions were critical in order to capture the balance of natural acidity and depth of fruit.

Reviews

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    95 points. “New packaging, I think. The wine put me in mind of Foillard’s Morgon.

    Blueberry, dark cherry, cracked black pepper, dried roses, earth. It’s deep and dense in silty tannin, meaty and full of dark cherry, but with spice and this charming rose oil perfume wafting through it, fleshy and stony and wide-feeling, with soft acidity, but enough to keep it on the rails. Finish is all clod earth and spice, a bounteous spread of gravelly tannin pushing it long. Such personality. I reckon it’s very good drinking now.” – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (July 2020)

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    “Ngeringa is a cracking winery over Mount Barker way, some five hectares of vines on a 75-hectare property that was originally part of the world-renowned Jurlique herb farm. The custodians have been certified biodynamic for over 20 years…one of the pioneers of biodynamic farming in Australia.
    Walk through a biodynamic vineyard and it’s clear something good is happening. They seem alive. The air buzzes with insects, the canopies and inter-rows are healthy and vibrant; everything seems balanced and full of energy, as does the fruit harvested off these blocks. The good folk that farm this way seem more in tune with ebb and flow of their land too…Funny how that all works.
    Time spent in the field, I guess.
    The Iluma vineyard lies a few kilometres away from the farm near Nairne, on a west-facing slope that shines with micaceous schists. The wine is deep red with purple flashes and an alluring nose of black plum, cherry and blueberries cut deep with exotic spice, light amaro herbs, olive tapenade and lighter tones of roasting meats and violets.
    Medium-bodied in the mouth, it’s a very composed wine, a little more of that cool-climate spice coming through on the palate with just a passing glance of pepper. There’s a lovely bright energy to the wine, a curtain of chalky tannin and a distinct, pure savoury edge as the wine trails away. Lovely, pure, earthy drinking.” – Dave Brookes, The Adelaide Review (August 2020)

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