Syrahmi 2015 "Demi" Shiraz, Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
Adam sources high quality, sustainably-farmed and hand-picked fruit from the close planted Greenstone Vineyard for all current Syrahmi releases. Following a 4 to 5 day cold soak the juice begins a natural ferment in open top fermenters, with hand plunging and extended time on skins (up to 42 days). Adam will be the first to admit he is a ‘stem junkie’ with the wines receiving between 60% and 100% whole cluster (one small, magnum only release received 130%). Maturation is always in French oak, a small percentage new for the Demi release, and large format Foudre for the Dreams. Syrahmi wines are one of the truest and most exciting expressions of the amazing Heathcote terroir, they are wild in their perfume, picking up olive tones, graphite minerality, hung and cured meats with an array of wild red and blue fruits. There is an energy in the glass and the wines always show great balance. You can see the chef in the winemaker, as these are wines destined for the dinner table.
Heathcote is the small region that sits atop a long narrow strip of hard, dry,
ancient Cambrian Greenstone. These soils are 4 to 5 metres deep and have
developed as a result of the gradual crushing of rock by two shifting plates over
500 million years. Large granite boulders are common in the south of
Heathcote, with speckles of granite sub-soils persisting to the north.
2015 Demi by Syrahmi is a blend of 4 vineyards across Heathcote. The largest
component is from Paul & Simon Osicka 1960 to 1970 planted vines on sandy
loam. Next is from the Shelmerdine Tooborac vineyards “The Springs and The
Flat” granite based soil and to round off the blend is the Chalmers fruit from
rich Cambrian red soils in the North.