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22 Jul 2015

Wine Front Wine Review – Syrahmi Mourvedre 2013

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From Greenstone Vineyard in Heathcote. Wendouree cuttings were used to propagate the site. Mark Walpole does the touching of the vines. ’This isn’t about making mourvedre like in Bandol, I want pretty, blue fruits, freshness’, offers winemaker Adam Foster. It’s 40% whole bunch, ferments naturally, plunged every few days to not work the extraction, ‘to tease the prettiness and floral characters out of it’, says Foster. It spent some 20 months resting in older, 500 litre oak before bottling. 170 dozen made, bottled Dec 14. The 2013 will be the second last release of this wine since the sale of Greenstone Vineyard meant no fruit could be sourced in 2015 (and ongoing at this stage).

Big, bold, striking perfume of, yes, blue fruits, lavender, musk and Turkish delight, something dark and brooding and earthy too. It’s immediately hugely attractive. Slinky in texture, juicy but just shy of medium weight, crisp and vibrant with cranberry acidity, finishes long, smooth and silky. Little chew of tannin, but it’s more about vibrancy and layers of flavour. Utterly delicious.

94 Points
Mike Bennie, Wine Front

22 Jul 2015

Wine Front Wine Review – Syrahmi ‘Dreams’ Shiraz 2012

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The wine is named for the Radiohead song, ‘Nice Dream’, as, ‘off the back of 2011 everything in 2012 just worked; also, it was always a dream of mine to release a wine with three years of age, which I couldn’t do before’, says winemaker Adam Foster. Winemaking is about 35% whole bunch, free run is run off to a used foudre, sees no racking, gets a hit of sulphur (low) early, and then bottled after 18 months or so. More time in fermenter, more time in large oak, more time in bottle before release, ‘that’s my secret for working with whole bunch ferment’, offers Foster. It’s shiraz here and from Greenstone Vineyard.

In the immortal words of Gabrielle,

‘Dreams can come true
Look at me babe I’m with you
You know you gotta have hope
You know you gotta be strong’

There’s a touch of the Mardi Gras to Foster so he’ll probably like this tune.

Red and blue fruits, briar, dusting of white pepper, some white chocolate and a belt of clove. Fine web of tannins is distinct in the wine. Big spread of flavour, savoury, sinewy, finishes in a pinch with some length. Feels serious, reserved, yet has a bounce and glide in the palate. Structure and seriousness to the fore, but fit to a medium weight chassis. Sleek, good, great. Impressive wine and great drinking.

95 Points
Mike Bennie, Wine Front

22 Jul 2015

Wine Front Wine Review – Syrahmi 130% “Smoke On The Water” 2013

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It’s made from shiraz and the label lets you know, creatively (styled like a record), that it is from clone 2626 and picked 07.03.2013. The 130% is a curiosity too, ‘I wanted to go more than 100% whole bunch’, says winemaker Adam Foster, quizzically, ‘I had three tonnes of this one clone of this shiraz, I destemmed two tonnes, then put those stems in with the remaining one tonne of 100% whole bunch, so the working title became 130%’. It sort of works. Foster winks.

‘The whole way through it I kept thinking smoke, graphite, intensity, power, and the Deep Purple song Smoke On The Water, that riff, kept running through my head’, continues Foster. The wine is bottled only in magnums; half of the three tonnes of production was blended back into Syrahmi Shiraz 2013.

‘The whole way through it I kept thinking smoke, graphite, intensity, power, and the Deep Purple song Smoke On The Water, that riff, kept running through my head’, continues Foster. The wine is bottled only in magnums; half of the three tonnes of production was blended back into Syrahmi Shiraz 2013.

Big, heady perfume hit of wet slate, dust, briar, sarsaparilla. It’s all wild, savoury, animal-like. Growls from the glass. Punches into the palate with stones, rugged dark fruit, racy acidity, but still holds a dart-like shape, screeching and skidding long through the mouth to a pointy, pinching finish. Gnarly and chewy. Deeply flavoured. Gentle sweetness in the savoury and rocky vein. Tannins for days. Strap yourself in, this is pretty wicked.

94+ Points
Mike Bennie, Wine Front

22 Jul 2015

Wine Front Wine Review – Syrahmi La La 2009

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“Working in the Rhone and seeing the power of the fruit in Heathcote, I saw more power, pound for pound, than Hermitage and Cote Rotie. I wondered if the fruit quality, not terroir, not vine age, but weight and power, could stand up to 100% new oak and then not make that a feature”. The heads out three brand new 500L puncheons were removed, then the fruit went in 100% whole bunch, spent about 35 days in barrel, was taken out and foot stomped, then pressed and sent back to one new puncheon. Then left for three years. Released with two years bottle age. The vineyard is Greenstone Vineyard from Heathcote. It’s shiraz.

Meaty, smoky, leather, dense perfume of black hole depth in dark fruits, sweet spice, dried fruits, but still holds interest and freshness. Washy across the palate, big mouthful of staining dark fruit, cedary fringes, huge web of graphite-tinged tannins. Old school feel with inky intensity and firm strike of sinewy, dense fruit and bold, oak and tannin. All meshed well with impressive architecture. Layers and dimensions. Impressive.

95 Points
Mike Bennie, Wine Front

22 Jul 2015

Wine Front Wine Review- Demi by Syrahmi Shiraz 2014

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Adam Foster is chef-turned-sommelier-turned-winemaker and seems to be really finding some glide to his stride. This is sourced from the Greenstone Vineyard in Heathcote, sees some whole bunch in the ferment and is sent to mostly older oak.

Great drinking here. Has glossiness to texture, a gossamer feel from satiny tannins, yet a strictness that cinches the wine in. It smells of red berries on briar, licorice, pepper and violets. It’s sweetish to taste but an amaro herb-like character makes the wine more interesting. There’s a lightness and freshness to the wine that drags you back in, and yes, even from Heathcote. Satisfying light to medium weight shiraz expression.

92 Points
Mike Bennie, Wine Front

28 Oct 2011

The Wine Front reviews Syrahmi

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Each year thousands of new wine reviews and comments are published on The Wine Front .

The Wine Front and Mike Bennie review Syrahmi.

Now you can read what they had to say. Read more

19 Jul 2011

Ben Knight from Melbourne Weekly Magazine talks about “Foster care”

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As seen in this week’s edition of Melbourne Weekly Magazine, Timeout’s Ben Knight from the Grapevine column writes a great article on “yours truly” and checks out my 2010 Foster e Rocco sangiovese, Heathcote  and 2009 Syrahmi Climat, Heathcote. Read below what Ben has to say. Read more

24 Mar 2011

Winewise Discoveries: 2008 L’Imposteur Vin de Pays d’Or Grenache

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Winewise Review: Volume 26 Number 6 February 2011 Page 29

Adam Foster and 2008 L’Imposteur Vin de Pays d’Or Grenache appear in the new Discoveries Section of  Winewise wine reviews.

Adam Foster:

Adam judges with us at the Small Vigneron Awards, and has become a serious player at the top end of Heathcote Shiraz with his Syrahmi brand.  He also does vintage in France, and has made a delicious grenache.

2008 L’Imposteur Vin de Pays d’Or Grenache: current Winewise wine review received Highly Recommended score.

It delivers all the richness expected of south-0f–France wines together with raspberry, plum, black truffle and earthy hints. The tannins are very supple, inviting immediate drinking.

highly recommended 14.0% Cork Read more

24 Mar 2011

Winewise Review: 2009 Syrahmi Climat Heathcote Shiraz

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Winewise Review: Volume 26 Number 6 February,2011 page 3

Shiraz : The top dozen or so wines show what can be done with shiraz in a wide range of environments. Towards the bottom there are far too many dull, advanced wines.

2009 Syrahmi Climat Heathcote Shiraz – current Winewise wine review received Highly Recommended score.

A very intriguing, complex style with more than a hint of northern Rhône about it. The vibrant red berry/spice aromas are enhanced by a hint of black olive.
The savoury tannins complement the lovely fruit expression. Read more

15 Feb 2011

L’Imposteur in Rite-Of-Passage at The Weekly Review

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Syrahmi L’Imposteur 2008 features in Rite-Of-Passage by Ben Thomas at The Weekly Review.

Rite-Of-Passage

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.

For the full article check out byThe Weekly Review:  Rite-Of-Passage

Ben’s Review

Syrahmi L’Imposteur 2008

(Vin de Pays d’OC, France) $45; 14%

4.5/5

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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