From the conversations we have at Cellar Door about this wine, we find that pretty much everyone universally loves it. The wine is seriously yum, no new oak, just a pure expression of the variety as it is grown in this Western Victorian appellation. Dark berries, spicy , savoury, juicy and rich are the descriptors we hear most, but the conversation always heads to the name, Sure it is fun, but why Syrah? Below is Ray's standard response:
As a variety Shiraz occupies 28% of vineyard area in Australia. It was one of the original varieties imported to Australia in the 1830’s and it is planted in every wine region in Australia (at least every one I can think of!!).
When people think of Australian wine they automatically think of Shiraz.
Why then the name Syrah? Syrah is what the French call Shiraz and this wine is made in a traditional Old World style, using 3000L oak vessel for fermentation and then maturation in traditional 1200L oval oak foudres. This allows for both a pure expression of the rich fruit and spicy aromatics of Australian Shiraz as well as the development of the savouriness and texture reminiscent of Syrah. A truly delicious wine.