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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.

Syrahmi Climat Heathcote Shiraz 2009  (15 September 2011)

Greenstone vineyard shiraz from two different clones. 4,500 vines a hectare makes for some tight living. 60% whole bunch goes into the mix.

Really attractive, dense plume of aromas as garam masala spice, figs, date and clod earth make their presence known. The palate has a sapid meaty quality but surprisingly slender for the region and year. Slick wild red berries jostle through pepper, bouquet garni herbs and a bricky yet fresh finish. Slippery texture gives a clue to regionality, but this is a lighter shade for the area. Elegance comes to Heathcote; bring it on.
Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : SEP11
Alcohol : 13.2%
Price : $50
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2011 – 2018+

Syrahmi Mourvedre Heathcote 2010 (15 September 2011)

For Adam Foster Heathcote has a lure. He is playing an underhanded card to the norm, seeking ripeness but also a lighter expression of red wine from the region. Savoury, mineral driven, special bits of dirt are his metier. This mourvedre comes from the famed Greenstone vineyard.

Dried alpine herbs, mulberry, cola, sweet wild berry fruit and a cavalcade of earthy spice. The palate has a surprising freshness for the weight and concentration – black berry and dried fig sweetness lifts the savoury and faint mineral vein, fine tannins guide the wine’s length. The finish does have some slick heat and a little cloy, but the overall impression is of an expressive wine that holds its girth well while offering some finer detail to mull over. Day two and food showed the heat mostly dissipate.

Rated : 93+ Points
Tasted : SEP11
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2011 – 2017

L’Imposteur Grenache by Monsieur Foster 2009 (20 September 2011)

Adam Foster has spent time making wine with Pierre Gaillard, Michel Ogier and Michel Chapoutier in his journeyman winemaking career. In 2008 Foster got to the Rhone early then waited around for the average vintage to finally kick off. He was sent down to Banyuls to help make whites for Gaillard while he was waiting, then got a call from Gaillard and Michel Ogier warning him off the Rhone, so he stayed in Banyuls. He bought grenache fruit from Gaillard that vintage and continues to source fruit from there ongoing. From Collioure in Banyuls.

Earthy, brick notes, dried herbs, a few Gitanes, some soy sauce and the dark, sweet perfumed black berries of grenache. The wine is slippery, deeply flavoured with cassis, mocha, olives and Provençal herbs. Has some serious weight up front but slips easily in the mouth, finishing long and juicy. Very interesting, better with some charry meat and certainly worth a look in.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : SEP11
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $45
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2011 – 2015+

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