2012 Graillot Syrah, Heathcote Victoria, 13.5%

Graillot Heathcote Syrah, 2012Graillot Syrah is making waves on the Australian wine scene. A collaboration between Rhône Valley superstar Alain Graillot and importer Robert Walters, this remarkable Syrah is already pressing for entry to the very top ranks of Australian wine, after just 3 vintages.

James Halliday’s take on the 2012 Graillot Syrah:

“Excellent depth and clarity to the colour. Hand-picked, wild yeast open fermented with 35% whole bunches, matured on lees in used French oak, neither fined nor filtered. Aromas and flavours of black cherries, spice and forest run through the finely structured, elegant palate, tannins guaranteeing long life.”

Drink to 2032. 97 points, James Halliday

Halliday also awarded 97 points to the 2010 version, which was the first one made under this collaboration.

Notes from my first tasting

Colour of deep crimson red, dense but clear.

Nose is all rich and luscious; chocolate, caramel, blackberry, pepper spice.

Palate has all of the above, and some; medium bodied though rich and mouth filling, chewy tannins ensure a solid structure, rich red and black fruits (dark cherry, olive), long savoury finish.

Bloody hell this Heathcote appellation can produce some stunning wines given the right conditions.

These came from Langton’s. It’s just another cracking Victorian Shiraz from a great vintage; I’m finding it increasingly hard to want to buy any Shiraz outside of Victoria and Hunter Valley.

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