George Road Syrah Waipara 2012
Bought by the glass at Mojo Poneke.
Pink magenta. Cool climate Syrah nose – herby, red cherries
In the mouth I tasted baking spice and aniseed, and soft ripe red stonefruit. A full bodied syrah. Lots of vanilla also – must have a seed pod hiding in the bottle. Nice drop.
From the producer’s website: The fruit for this wine was hand harvested in two separate passes from our Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. All the vines are of the Mass selected ‘Limmer’ clone on a mix of Riparia Gloire, 3309, 101-14 and Schwarzmann rootstocks. Each parcel of fruit was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and extensive crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of approximately 1kg per vine.
Each parcel of fruit was passed over a sorting table before being destemmed (without crushing) into small 1.5tonne open fermenters. Fermentation began naturally after an ambient soak of 3 days. The skins were regularly punched down and pumped over during ferment and the wine spent a total of 33 days cuvaison before being pressed, settled and racked to a mix of 1, 2 and 3 year old French oak. In oak the wine underwent a natural Malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 10 months in French oak barriques before being racked, blended and bottled in April the following year.