Working a vintage overseas during the Australian off-season is a rite of passage for many young winemakers.
If you ask a winemaker about his or her biggest influences, many will tell you it was a vintage worked in the vineyards of France or Spain or Italy. Lost-in-translation moments, forgotten skills and techniques and uncovering new wine styles contribute to a winemaker’s identity and steer a course for the future.
Syrahmi L’Imposteur 2008
(Vin de Pays d’OC, France) $45; 14%
In 2008, former sommelier Adam Foster was given the chance to make his own wines from 60-year-old bush grenache vines from the Banyuls region in southern France. It smells of raspberries, cherries, plums, dried herbs and a hint of cedar oak. It’s light on its feet and well balanced, with fine, silky tannins and bright acid balancing out complex sour cherry, raspberry, nuts, earthy and meaty flavours. All this, plus a persistent finish, makes it a joy to drink.
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