No Terracotta Syrah was produced in 2015 due to vintage conditions. Things returned to the norm in 2016 and it was considered to be a 'classic' vintage.
2% Viognier was co-fermented with Shiraz, of which 40% were whole bunches. 33% new French oak was used for 17 months.
I found it hard to warm to this wine mind you. I looked at it over a couple of days but it held itself back in some respects and didn't want to reveal itself entirely.
Dark plums and cherries, scents of old church pews and a smidge of clove. Some forest floor type aromas too. Good depth of fruit with a restrained spice but it seems overworked to use a term. There's just something about it which I can't put my finger on. I'm not completely sold.
Drink now to six years.
Region: Hunter Valley