This Pinot Syrah (Shiraz) thing is starting to get some serious momentum again and I blame the Hunter Valley hipsters for bringing it back. And honestly, we should all be applauding its reintroduction. Done well, it's a super blend.
Known in the Hunter as Hunter River Burgundy, the southern migration of a couple of winemakers in recent years, namely Simon Steele and Sarah Crowe, has ignited interest in the Yarra Valley. Steve Flamsteed is the latest to board the train and we are all the better for it. His time in Beaujolais also an inspiration to get this underway. This is banging!
Rather than planting some Gamay as per original plan, Flamsteed already had excellent parcels of Pinot (Primavera vineyard) and Syrah (Sexton vineyard) at his disposal and he has used them to maximum effect to create this blend.
A 51/49 blend, this is juicy and bright, it's energetic yet comforting all at the same time.
Pretty perfume of violets and dried red flowers. A subtle smokey scent reveals itself, but the fruit sings all the way. Red berries bursting at the seams flanked by earthy feels and finely dusted peppery spice. Wrapping around the mouth in an endearing fashion, it's a wine which slowly pets your soul with a loving caress. It's hard to not be seduced by its attractive personality.
Flamsteed is drinking this with char-grilled lamb cutlets and the Giant Steps cellar door restaurant serves it with a wood-fired pizza. I could happily guzzle the lot with food or without - a superb wine.
Drink now to five years.
Region: Yarra Valley