520 bottles made. This is from our home block, Eden valley, half planted in the 1930’s, half planted in the 1990’s, 500m above sea level. Two barriques. We recently learnt that our little elevated vineyard was established on the rim of a very old meteorite impact crater! Quite a large meteorite as it turns out! Scientists say that the meteorite split in two just before impact and created the Kersbrook and Flaxman impact craters. We like to think that this particular piece of history adds something unique to the shape and flavour of the single vineyard wines we make from our home block. - Abel Gibson.
Only .47 of a hectare of this wine and a mere 520 bottles. Syrah, from Flaxman Valley. The first thing I thought was ‘nourishing’ and then I thought ‘geez this is good’. It’s a supple red, soft, lush, luxurious in a way, but doesn’t miss a trick of that higher-ish country syrah prettiness, mix of dried and fresh herbs, pepper and gamey qualities. Indeed, I was tasting a Cahors wine alongside that had distinct garrigue characters and the same came to mind here. It swishes around the palate wonderfully. It’s layered and full of dark fruit and spice too, but that savouriness, the herbaceous character is distinct and so attractive. Tannins are fine and silky too. It took an hour or so to get there, but there’s a ‘wow’ moment in the glass. Drink 2023-2030, 96 Points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front