The Syrah vines here are now almost 50 years old and occupy a beautiful, west facing position at 1,400 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Alpine Valley. The 2014 is vibrant and full of mineral freshness, an almost Pinotesque expression of Beechworth. This has consistently been Gary's top performing Syrah year in and year out.
Handpicked from the Warner Vineyard in Beechworth, three hours north of Melbourne. The vineyard is situated in the foothills of the Alpine Valley of Victoria and is composed of granitic-loam over clay and areas of slate and shale. Fermented as 100% whole bunches, 50 day extended maceration, with indigenous yeasts, racked to one and two year old French puncheons, sur lees for 15 months, gravity racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered. No acid, enzymes or additives other than a small amount of sulphur dioxide was used in production.
Gary and Rick Kinzbrunner (Giaconda) split the fruit 50/50 with Gary. A completely different expression when compared to Giaconda’s Warner Vineyard Shiraz. This wine speaks most proudly of the whole bunch mantra adopted by Gary Mills with (attractive) sappy roast beetroot notes that lace the pure nose of licorice, blackcurrant liqueur and dark fruits. The palate is medium-weight and sweet on entry, finishing long, with some sneaky fine-but-firm tannins. The ‘Beechworth’ impresses with its character and unique expression, however a few years tucked away would do this wine well for the whole-bunch character to settle down, after which, it will sing.
- Region: Beechworth
- Varietal: 100% Syrah
- Vintage: 2014
- Vineyard: Warner Vineyard
- Vine Age: 48 years old
- Yield: 1.9 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Quartz Laced, Pink Granitic Loam over Clay with Shale
- Alcohol: 13%
- Skin Contact: 50 day maceration
- Oak: 15 months in 1st & 2nd year French puncheons
- Production: 250 cases
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