Sunday, 11 September 2016

Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah 2014

'Musca' is a small constellation in the southern sky - something I never knew. The significance between the constellation and the winery is that the vineyard sits beside the UTAS radio telescope.

A supple yet concentrated wine.  Estate grown, it spent 12-14 months in oak (a small portion in American oak) after being left on skins for 3-5 days.

The concentration comes from a cool vintage resulting in smaller bunches bringing on that intensity.

White pepper leaps out. Vanilla and old school plum jam aromas trickle through. A few more swirls of the glass and blackberry and blackcurrant fruit amble in. Fruit coats the mouth softly with admirable consistency. That intense fruit has a purity about it. A long finish ensues with brightish acidity, almost crunchy, before fine tannins and some more pepper for your trouble.

Hold off another year or so for better drinking and patience will reward. This will cellar easily to a decade and beyond. Steak and pepper sauce is all I can think about now.

92/100 - Very good

Region: Tasmania
RRP: $57
Source: Sample

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