Monday, 17 June 2013

Michael Hall Syrah 2010

The Eden Valley ripens its shiraz fruit much later then the Barossa floor which might be why these wines are more savoury and less ripe than the floor wines. The Valley was first settled in mid 1850s with some of the most treasured vineyards being planted not much after that. The Hill of Grace vineyard was planted in 1858. The vineyard that this comes from is much younger than that and is owned by the Binders. As Rolf Binder wants to focus on the more robust floor wines, Michael gets to take and craft something special from this piece of dirt.

Michael Hall Syrah 2010

Mummer this is savoury with frangrant floral notes but there is core of red & blackfruits underneath. It took four days to open up and show some of the higher quality characters that this wine possesses. On the palate the flavours are similar but it is joined by a minerally moment with herbs and cola entering the mix. The mouthfeel is brillaint as it is creamy with a pure drive of acidity lifting the flavours a notch. This is a high quality bottle of Syrah that will demand cellaring.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $40
Rated: 94
Drink: In 13 years

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