2015 Demi by Syrahmi is a blend of 4 vineyards across Heathcote. The largest component is from Paul & Simon Osicka 1960 to 1970 planted vines on sandy loams. Next in line is from the Shelmerdine Tooborac vineyards “The Springs and The Flat” granite based soil and to round off the blend is the Chalmers fruit from rich Cambrian red soils in the North.
The summer was dry and warm but not extreme with very cool nights. Picking was early, starting 21st February with extremely good colours, high natural acidity and bright flavours. Excellent vintage very much like the richer 2013 but with more power.
Deep dark crimson in colour with bright purple hue. Intense perfume of lifted black olives, Asian spice, ground coffee beans, turned earth and bright cool dark fruits, think black currants and crushed black cherries.
The palate shows classic Heathcote ‘terrior’ of savory dried herbs and spice, graphite and tapenade, with very fine tannin, balanced dark fruits leading though a long savoury finish. More concentrated than previous Demi’s, it’s all about fruit weight meeting tannin. The natural acidity keeps the wine fresh and alive.
Drink over the next 10+ years. Could this be the longest living Demi to date?