Saline and ropey licorice aroma notes dominate a darkly fruited and spiced nose. The medium-full, layered palate of concentrated sweet black/purple fruit is almost blocked up with yeast spread salty darkness and mineral base. Darkly odd: this borders on being the cat lady that has a crazy twitch in their eye and you’re never quite sure where the conversation will lead you, but you’re along for the ride. Bring it on.
Regan Drew – VinoNotebook
8 July 2019
Syrah from Yarra Glen in the Yarra Valley. The handiwork of Caroline Mooney. Whole bunches, whole berries, small percentage of new oak.
Syrah by name, syrah by nature. Peppery, bunchy, smoky and meaty with salted licorice, hazelnut and black cherry flavours to keep it all moving. There’s warmth to the alcohol but the flavours still manage to be painted in watercolours; a good thing. There are aromas of compost here but the palate itself is well powered. What it does best is keep you entertained.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front
Deepish red colour with slight purple tints. The bouquet is perfumed and herbal, fragrant and bunchy, while the taste is soft and fruit-sweet, scented and charming. There is elegance and drinkability aplenty here. Tannins are fine and soft and drying. Delicious. (250 dozen made)
Huon Hooke – The Real Review
16 June 2019