SOUTHERN FRANCE THE AUSTRALIAN WAY!!!
Erth '1654' Heathcote Syrah is David Crawford's (Winemaker @ Bellbrae Estate) private wine project, having had a love of the more aromatic, fruit driven style of Syrah (Shiraz) from Southern Rhone/Northern Provence in France. David through his contacts and knowledge of the Australian regions, was always fascinated with the sometimes floral (aromatic) element in the background of Heathcote Shiraz made buy other producers, as he researched this further he came about a particular clone (1654) of Shiraz that was the source of this aromatic element and it was also planted on old friends vineyard in the region.
This vineyard was slightly more elevated in the foothills of the Camelback Ranges in Heathcote, but also slightly cooler over summer period and has deep Cambrian brick-clay soils. He also discovered it was solely planted with the 1654 clone and was clearly much more Aromatic compared to other clones.
Winemaking was traditional, with a 3 day cold soak on skins and 30% whole bunch fermentation which enhanced the aromatics even further, minimum oak (french) was used and tannins kept at bay.
It s cracking wine, its not a so called 'monster' Syrah, but is made in the more medium bodied style of France, the aromatics are fantastic lifted purple fruits and flowers with hint of spice, it just jumps out of the glass. The palate, is great you still get all that fruit power that you get from the region, but its more subtle, intense and very juicy. The small use of French oak is there, but not dominating the wine, just adding complexity. Tannins are soft and finish is very balanced. Its a early drinking style, but It will age quite well with all that fruit and structure.
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