Strenua Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2015

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Strenua Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2015

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If you spotted the words “Australia” and “Syrah” and clicked through to this wine thinking you would find an opulent, powerful, palate-coating Shiraz/Syrah to help insulate you over the Winter days ahead, then turn right back around! This is a New Wave Syrah and it’s a far cry from what Australia has been traditionally associated with. Feminine, expressive and light-weight this is unadorned Syrah that bats its lashes and seduces you with its pretty, juicy, refreshing fruit and the nimble way it moves.

It comes from the Yarra Valley and is made from grapes that are farmed organically with minimal intervention and then fermented with 85% whole bunches to retain freshness and add perfume with only large, old oak barrels used for maturation.

The nose has that wonderful interplay of sweet and savoury character with notes of white pepper, Asian spices, smoke and violets adding to the concentrated core of crushed blueberries and cherries. Its flavours are so elegant and graceful, gliding across the palate before suddenly taking flight with the acidity acting like a drop of blackberry juice on the tongue bringing everything to life. This is one of the most delicious Syrahs we’ve tasted outside of Europe.  13% alc. Drink now – 2020.
 

Press Reviews:

JancisRobinson.com:
 "85% whole-bunch fermented. Matured six months in 500-litre puncheons. Peppery! So well defined. Fresh steak tartare, blueberry, blackcurrant and fine tannin. So drinkable! Yet very serious. Wonderful appealing softness." (RH) 17.5 points
 

The Wine Dectective: “I’d not heard of Strenua until last Tuesday’s Dirty Dozen Tasting, but lovers of whole bunch Syrah should most definitely walk this way. It’s an impressive debut from Rhen Dodd and Dale Wheeler. Not least when you consider both have full time jobs (Dodd is Jamsheed’s Assistant Winemaker, Wheeler works at Rathdowne Cellars).  Second, the pair have coaxed this performance from a vineyard (Chum Creek) which was somewhat neglected when they got their mits on it in 2013. However, they were attracted to it because of the Syrah’s vine age (+20 years), its relatively cool location and clay loam with ironstone soils.  With 85% whole bunch it has plenty of black pepper grunt to nose and palate with savoury, smoky charcuterie undertones, lifted violets and sweet raspberry and red cherry fruit.  In the mouth, the chorus of savoury notes builds to a dry (flavourwise) finish with a delicious rasp of textured tannins – think the warp and weft of fine linen.  They trap the flavours beautifully.  Lovely freshness, persistence and spice. 13% alc.”

Customer comments:

"Had the Aussie last night. Nice!" - Mr. J.R. - November 2016

"
Gosh!  It's good - really good.  As you say a really different style.  Your 'feminine' description is spot on.  It went down a storm at wine club! Thanks for the great tip." - Mr. P.A., January 2017

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