Very much normal and very much like the 2004 vintage with consistent and even heat.right through to mid April. There were simply no issues with vintage. The long season allowed us to do two picks one at the end of March at just under 23 brix, the grapes of which went into Serine and the second in mid April at over 25.5 brix which were used in the Rock Block Syrah.
Stylistically Serine is like a French wine. We attempt to replicate the practices of the Rhone where most wines are picked at around 23 brix as the French believe at this level of ripeness Syrah shows its best character. Certainly we have found there is a big difference in style between a 23 brix wine and that at 25 brix- see the notes on Rock Block Syrah.
Following again the French practice this wine has had no new oak, it is unfined and unfiltered so this is a pure expression of syrah.
Tasted January 2011.
Brooding nose hinting red fruits and black fruit tannins. Some lift.
On palate smooth velvet,soft and slippery red and black fruits. Still suggests oak but no new oak was used. Elegant creamy and very long but tannins gentle. Next night shows bigger tannins and flavours blacker.
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