“Aromas of rich blackberries, cocoa powder, rust, dark chocolate, red and dark plums and tar. This has a very deep, almost chasmic shape on the palate with some
long tannins that wind out deep into the finish. Rich dark-plum, berry and chocolate flavors. Ironstone and clay soils of Moppa here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” James Suckling 96
"“Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured in French barriques (40% new), 200 dozen made. Deep colour; a profound and rich wine — a marriage of elegance and opulence.”" James Halliday 95
From a Shiraz vineyard planted on top of Moppa Hill at 380m, the highest elevation
on the western ridge of the Barossa.
200 Cases Made;
26 YO Vines
The fruit for ‘The Brunette’ Syrah comes from a truly unique vineyard site on the top
of Moppa Hill which faces East (morning sun) on a moderate incline and ranges from
approx 340-380 metres. Planted with 1654 Shiraz clone to approximately 2 hectares.
The soils are lean red clays with ironstone and quartz which produce optimum
conditions for dark, savoury fruits and fine, structured tannins. Grapes vary in
flavour/tannin from top to bottom of the vineyard. The grapes ripen about 2 weeks
later than valley floor and always seem to retain low pH and high TA comparatively.
10% whole-bunches are retained in open fermenters with daily foot-treading and
hand-plunging for 3 weeks. Elevaged for 17 months in 33% new 228L barrels with
the rest 1 & 2 year old.