Very dark, deep, purple-red colour. The nose is near decadent in richness, with well-ripened black berry fruit. I see plums, hints of boysenberries and black pepper. Black and violet florals lift the aromatics. Nuances of oak spice and complex savoury hints add detail. The palate features the very ripe fruit. Is this verging on showing some over-ripe notes? If so, it works extremely well, as there are still lovely perfumes. The extraction and structure are more a feature on the palate than last showing. The tannins are very fine-grained and powdery. Great depth, concentration and density, but with a degree of accessibility still. This will keep a decade easily.
Very impressive Syrah with good ripeness and density. An elegant rather than blockbuster style with dark berry, leather, wood smoke and black pepper flavours. Firmly structured wine that’s best with food although it will mellow and gain greater complexity with bottle age.
A compelling rendition of the variety, the wine shows wonderful fruit purity and rich mouthfeel. Fabulous notes of black/blueberry, dark plum, floral and subtle spice lead to a powerful palate that offers velvety mouthfeel and lush fruit intensity. It is youthful yet instantly appealing with loads meltingly delicious flavours. At its best: 2016 to 2025.
Blind, you could be forgiven for thinking this is the winery's flagship, Homage Syrah. An intoxicating nose of baking spices, blueberries and boysenberries leads to a palate with ample weight and plush tannins. It's complex, earthy and spicy, but with a beam of lively, just-ripe fruit from start to long-lived finish. Drink this stunning value through 2023. *Editors' Choice* (JC)
Syrah in a perfumed, otherworldly mode, this is tense and tannic with red and green spice, heady and potent. Youthfully aggressive, this needs a year or two in the cellar to mellow.
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