|Maturation:||Old French Oak (9-10 Months)|
|Wine Maker:||Michael Downer|
Good evening once again wine lovers!
Sorry that it has been a while since last drinks, but other activities have been occupying my schedule. I am glad to be back and with a wine that I placed inside of my top 10 list of 2016 with their 2014 vintage. I thought this is a good place to start after a little hiatus from my Blog posting. Thus, in my hands tonight I hold the 2015 “Landau” Syrah from the good folks out at Murdoch Hill. Their 2014 was extremely impressive and encapsulated everything that is the essence behind cool climate Shiraz which we get from the Adelaide Hills regions. Can the 2015 Vintage live up to the expectations that I was first presented with out of this winery with their 2014 Vintage? Let’s find out!
Colour: Semi Deep Purple with a slight ruby tinge.
Acid: Medium (+)
Aroma: Blackcurrant, Plum, Dark Cherry, Cassis, Anise, Spice Box, and nuances of tobacco.
Palate: Medium bodied. Blackcurrant, black pepper and crushed violets drive this wine from the start. You may even be able to get a delicate hint of leather in the fore palate of this wine. Surprisingly for a wine low on alcohol, it is quite velvety, and allows the acid to do its job balancing the fruit of this wine. With limited oak influence, this wine truly captures the essence of a wine region. In other words; this wine lets the fruit do the talking. It is not covered up by the make-up of oak influences. For this, I am grateful. The mid palate is interesting, the wine does not slowly transit from one characteristic to the next, but it is almost as someone takes an eraser to the chalkboard and throws up other characteristics. Say hello to a floral character, backed up by nuances of cola and caramel. Black pepper being the only prominent character from start to end of this wine.
Personal Thoughts: The 2015 Vintage is not as awe-inspiring as that from 2014. I think you could say better Vintage conditions are the reason behind that. However, this wine is a beautiful showcase of winemaking without becoming invested in the blemish that one may get from becoming too reliant on oak use. It is drinking beautifully now and will benefit some medium-term cellaring. I am impressed by this winery and its wine-maker. This is the kind of wine that can re-kindle one’s love for the Shiraz variety. I strongly believe that here in South Australia Shiraz is the one grape that we can truly showcase. Whilst the novice wine drinker will typically look towards the Barossa Valley for their Shiraz, I think wines like this can beg the statement, “Look at me, I can be so much more than what you are accustomed to.” Do your palate a favour and head to the Adelaide Hills and get in-tune with the “Cool” side of Shiraz.
Drink: Now – 2030