M y aim has always been to express the true terroir of the vineyard and vintage, and along the way I have learnt you can have great success through minimal human intervention in the winemaking process and by simply putting your trust in Mother Nature. I achieve this is by selecting the finest quality fruit from the region and doing as little as possible to it!
The grapes for Syrahmi Shiraz are sourced and selected from a single vineyard site each year but not necessarily the same vineyard. All of the Shiraz that comes into the winery from the selected vineyards is all handled individually right up until the final selection process where each puncheon and foudre is graded and then selected for either Syrahmi, Demi and in some years La la. Syrahmi and La la are always single clone, single vineyard wines where as Demi is a blend and made up of multiple clones and vineyards.
The following are the carefully selected vineyards for which Syrahmi is currently producing from.

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Since 2013, Foster has been producing a single vineyard, single clone Pinot from Hesket Estate in Macedon and a single vineyard, single clone Riesling from Merindoc in Tooborac.

Hesket Estate

Located in the village of Hesket, the vineyard at Hesket Estate was first established in the 1980’s. Further expansion and refinement occurred in the 1990’s when the Hudspeth Stevenson family purchased the property. The vineyard is at an elevation of 660 metres above sea level. Today Hesket Estate is a boutique cool climate vineyard specialising in MV6 Pinot Noir clone.

The red and grey loam soils provide perfect cool climate growing conditions for pinot noir.

Merindoc The Flat

Merindoc Vineyard is located on the sweeping slopes of the Macedon Ranges in Tooborac, the southern most part of the Heathcote region. The flat vineyard was planted by the Shelmerdine family in 1994.

The vineyard runs north to south at 250m above sea level. The soil is granitic; ironstone washed through with granite sand over yellow and black cracking clays and is surrounded by spectacular granite boulders. The cool night temperatures allow the grapes to relax after hot summer days resulting in lower berry temperatures producing fruits with livelier characters and brighter acidity.

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