2017 Estate Syrah

The 2017 Man O’ War Estate Syrah is the first release of this wine since 2008!

Vineyards for this wine were selected for their ability to ripen expressive flavours and fine tannins at slightly earlier picking and, in general these vineyards are the cooler sites around cactus Bay.

Handpicked and meticulously sorted, the fruit was destemmed into vat and allowed to soak at ambient temperature for a few days until the native cellar yeast kicked off fermentation. A small percentage of the vats did have some whole bunches in the fermentation at 15% and there is also a small amount of Viognier which was co-fermented (also as whole cluster) with Syrah berries.

Each vat was pumped over twice daily and sat on skins for 35 days before gentle pressing and delivery to barrel. Allowed to go through wild malolactic fermentation and aged on gross lees for 18 before blending and bottling.