2010
Xabregas
'Artisan'
Syrah
Mount Barker

2010
Xabregas
'Artisan'
Syrah
Mount Barker

The Artisan series features wines of funk, complexity and unique character. This is the winemaker’s gift back to the vineyard. Several techniques were used on this fine and complex wine, including the use of whole bunches, natural yeast and co-fermentation with Roussanne. Prolonged lees contact and minimal filtration are also elements that lead to the final blend, with no additives used until bottling.

2010 was similar to 2007 (a coveted vintage for Western Australia). The wet winter and spring really gave the vines a great start and harvest remained dry until April, which meant low vigor and concentrated flavors. Most importantly Mount Barker stayed incredibly cool which allowed for the retention of spicy flavors and prolonged tannin ripening.

Surprisingly light in flavor but has an inward focus and concentration. Spice driven, slender, ropey tannins, brisk acidity. It’s a wine that drives with firm confidence but also shows gorgeous sweet fruit underlying. Flavors run from red berries, brambles and cherry elixir but there is a meaty, gamey component in the wine. Detailed, gritty and with great length – great tannin profile, youthful and fresh. Very pure too.

  • Region: Mount Barker
  • Varietal: 97% Syrah - 3% Roussanne
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Vineyard: Figtree Vineyard & Spencer Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 13 years old
  • Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Ironstone Gravel & Sandstone with Granite
  • TA: 5.6 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.75
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Oak: 14 months in French barrique (30% new)
  • Production: 300 cases
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Skirting the south-west Australian coast for over 125 miles and pushing northwards back into the hinterland almost 60 miles, this is a very large region even by Australian standards. It ranges from the coastal, maritime subregions of Albany and Denmark to the unequivocally inland and continental subregions of Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River; from fat country to lean, with... Learn More »

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