2020 "Don't Fear the Reaper" Syrah
From a small block of 25 year-old Syrah vines in Silvan, Yarra Valley. Unirrigated and organically farmed, grown by yours truly. Picking was very late as to wait for the natural acidity in the grapes to drop away. Tannins were well mature, flavour was present and the potential alcohol was a mere 12.0%. Picked at the death-knock of 27th April when the bunches were literally falling off the vines.
Fermented as 80% whole bunch for 10 days. Gently pressed to an eleven-year old barrique for 18 weeks. Made with no additions, just pure fermented grape juice.
It's soft, fresh and fruit driven, with some "old world French" character. This is perfect picnic red, drink this lightly chilled with cheese and charcuterie.