BUSH Syrah is an elegant and alluring expression of contemporary Australian Shiraz. A nod to the past using traditional techniques including wild fermentation and hand plunging combines with modern winemaking finesse. Fruit for this cooler climate shiraz was selected from a diverse range of vineyards across the Adelaide region including the Mt Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek.
The 2020 growing season started on the back of average winter rainfall in the Adelaide Hills.
Springtime was characterized by drier than average conditions, with rainfall down 35%. There were also several frosty mornings from September through to November. Late spring to early summer weather is ideal - warm and dry.
January and early February were characterized by mild conditions and some decent rain events were highly beneficial for freshening vine canopies and filling out bunches. The remainder of the ripening period through autumn was favorable, with night-time temperatures remaining cool, daytime temperatures mild and no major heat spikes or rain events.
Harvested in the cool early morning, the fruit was destemmed with a large proportion of whole berries transferred into open fermenters. Fermented with a combination of wild and specially selected yeast strains, the parcels then spent between 7-12 dates on skins before being transferred to new (20%) and older French oak barrels for 16 months.
Red - big, bold, full-bodied
A medium bodied and elegant wine with plenty of mid-palate weight and flesh, supple tannins and balanced acidity driving a long finish