Syrahmi "La La" Shiraz 2012
Guigal "La Turque" inspired take from Adam Foster... After ageing for 42 months in a 100% new French oak, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, then aged again for another 27 months in bottle before being released. Syrahmi wines have always been made to be approachable on release and ready for drinking. La La after spending over 5½ years in barrel and bottle already - will age well for a further 20 years to come. The resulting wine is intensely fresh and focused. Dark and deep brick red, a riot of perfume and spice of ripe wild raspberries, cherries, gun smoke, turned earth, minerals and spice, powerful and intense with meaty salami and black olive tapenade notes. Super fresh palate that’s driven by intense sweet fruit again of black cherries and wild raspberries with black olives, lavender and dried herbs, a long savory mid palate of smoked meat/salami, rich and powerful structure, finishing with fine grain tannins and balanced natural acidity.
"My aim has always been to express the true terroir of the vineyard and vintage. Along the way I have learnt you can have great success through minimal human intervention in the winemaking process and by simply putting your trust in Mother Nature. Each year, I source and select grapes from a different single vineyard in the Heathcote region; therefore each year, the wine will have a different name to reflect the vintage. In ‘09, my quest to find some of the best growing areas in Heathcote led me to a new spot in the Mt Camel Ranges - 45 km north of the Heathcote township. I found great potential at Greenstone - planted out with several different Shiraz clones of which I chose BVRC 12, 2626 and PT 10 to work with. The Easterly exposure vineyard is densely planted with 4545 vines per hectare; ancient pre-Cambrian soil 550 million years old of eroded basalt over limestone rich sub soil that has a PH of close to neutral mixed with copper infused Greenstone rocks. It is also only one of the two vineyards in Heathcote planted East to West. All grapes were handpicked <1 to 1.5 kg per vine."
Adam Foster - Winemaker, Syrahmi