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2021 Syrah

2021 Syrah

Our relationship with Shiraz began well over 40 years ago, when the first of these vines were planted at Meadowbank and have been lovingly nurtured by the Ellis family ever since. No doubt there were a few raised eyebrows back in 1976, and a few words probably being muttered under disbelieving breaths...

However, despite being told we couldn't grow Shiraz in the cold, untamed wilds of southern Tasmania, we went ahead and did it anyway!

Our 2021 Meadowbank Syrah, named so due to the fruit and style being more akin to the Syrah of France's Northern Rhone region, is an elegant and purposeful step away from big, bold and boisterous Shiraz. It is wholeheartedly light and ethereal, in all its unashamed glory.

This single vineyard wine is smooth and sultry, with just the right amount of sass, as it truly reflects the temperament and intricaties of the 2021 growing season that we experienced in our hidden valley. This is definitely a vintage to celebrate, in fact we're calling it as one of our best ever! Low grape yields, intense fruit concentration and a steady ripening period have produced something really special here.

Expect a light and savoury red wine, with a satin-like texture that makes this very, very drinkable. A punch of acid, balanced with highly refined tannins that speak of the cool climate in which these grapes were grown.

For those interested in the specifics, Pete made this wine with 100% whole bunches of grapes which were naturally fermented on their skins for 12 days. Délestage occured early in this process and pigéage occured late. The juice was then pressed to old French oak barrels, with 9 months spent on lees before the wine was racked and bottled, with no fining and minimal sulphur added.

Drink this right now, or tuck it away in the cellar and enjoy observing the changes from 2030 onwards. Your patience will be rewarded.

*Note: for those wondering, all our wines are vegan friendly.

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