Payten & Jones 'Major Kong' Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2015

Major Kong Syrah Payten and Jones.jpg
Major Kong Syrah Payten and Jones.jpg

Payten & Jones 'Major Kong' Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2015

32.00

“This is pinch-yourself good. An absolute knockout. No hesitation with the score.” - 19 points, Jancis Robinson.com

Sometimes the quality of our tasting note is sacrificed at the altar of enthusiasm and this was one such moment. We were so smitten by this phenomenal Syrah that we could only write in stuttering, breathless shorthand, so please forgive the brevity of the note, but also take from it our enthusiasm for the wine: Fab nose. Olive, spice, coffee, violet top notes, dark fruit, cocoa, pure. Really silky. Glossy fruit. Rich. Pretty darn delicious. Serious wine. 14% alc. Screwcap. Drink 2019-2035.


Press review:

Jancis Robinson (Richard Hemming): “Wonderful, wondrous nose with violet perfume plus rich blackberry fruit and the most exquisite stemmy funk to add even further complexity. Long, complete, balanced, with a gradual, graceful fade on the finish. This is pinch-yourself good. An absolute knockout. No hesitation with the score.” 19 points

Decanter: “Troy Jones will give you a long story about Panamanian howler monkeys and their ability to select only the perfectly ripe grapes from a vineyard as the inspiration for this wine's name. He and old school mate Behn Payten (and Behn's dad Peter) are the P&Js of this wine operation, and their wines are as irreverent as they seem to be. This is a 50% whole-bunch, 50% whole-berry, cool climate Syrah that the guys describe as 'raw, real and intense', made in a lighter, more quaffable style than many Aussie Shirazes, but still with that peppery spice and savoury black fruit varietal character. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is pure, vital and original.” 93 points

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