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2020 ‘Cold Sweat’ Eden Valley Syrah – Wilton

2020 ‘Cold Sweat’ Eden Valley Syrah – Wilton

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A complex brooding expression of Eden Valley Syrah. Eden Valley is the perfect backdrop for us to further push our vinous boundaries.

Eden Valley is the perfect backdrop for us to further push our vinous boundaries. At a higher elevation than the Barossa Valley below, we embrace the funk to make even more diverse expressions of Syrah that speak of their unique sites.

 [C O L D S W E A T]

It’s all about the one, give the drummer some! With this Eden Valley project we are looking for the ultimate expressions of three cooler climate sites and working hard to find them, utilising all of our experience. Syrah from a single vineyard in Wilton.

Soil

VINEYARD: East of the Barossa up at Wilton in Eden Valley – 482m above sea level on clay over ironstone and quartz.

 

 

Vintage

VINTAGE 2015: A condensed vintage with full fat flavour! A warmer than usual spring led to an early, yet even flowering and fruit set. Together with a dry season, this led to an early start to vintage despite mild conditions and welcome rainfall in January. With harvest progressing quickly, it was clear that yields were variable, but the wines showed full flavours. Low yielding Barossa Valley Shiraz was rich (reminiscent of 2005). Yields were up in Eden Valley Shiraz , and thus looked less primary, more savoury, with good acid (reminiscent of 2002). So the upshot is we’ve almost got two vintages in one, with some diverse, full flavoured wines. Lap it up!

Cellaring

Drink up, but also a 8-10 year proposition.

VINIFICATION: 

The fruit is crushed/destemed (with 25% wholebunch) and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20- 25°C for 13 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation, it is drained/pressed, and transferred to 3 and 4 year old French oak puncheons to undergo MLF. Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wines mature sur lie for 16 months. Assemblage takes place at the end of this maturation period. This wine was bottled unfiltered in August 2016.


 

Tasting Notes

Colour

Garnet red with purple hues.

Aroma

A complex nose of cherry, violet, earth and spice aromas.

Palate

A textured palate of fine tannins support complex cherry, each and spice flavours.

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