2020 Place of Changing Winds No2 Syrah

2020 Place of Changing Winds No2 Syrah

2020 Place of Changing Winds No2 Syrah

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Place of Changing Winds is the vineyard project of Bibendum’s founder and owner Robert Walters. It is a single site in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria that Walters and his team began planting in 2012 and after searching for 5 years Rob found a little hamlet called Bullengarook, on the southern foothills of Mount Macedon, about one-hour north-west of Melbourne. This area was called Warekilla by the original inhabitants, the Wurundjeri people meaning ‘Place of Changing Winds’, a characteristic of the site that still holds true today.

Rob has drawn on his years of experience observing many of the great growers of the world utilising best practices to this particular setting. The idea of the vineyard (and more long-term, the extended farm) is an organically run, self-contained environment. The practices applied are very labour-intensive and designed to maximise the chances for quality soil and vine health, a strong connection between the plant and its environment, and therefore, an expression of place in the resultant wines. 

It’s a genuinely cool site with very cold nights with elevations of 500m+ and a marked diurnal range, which in the summer, the range can often exceed 20°C or more, which leads to heavy morning dews and strong frosts. The soil is eroded quartz, sandstone and quartzite over clay and sandstone bedrock. This geology is over 400 million years old and was mostly formed at the bottom of the ocean in the Ordovician Period. In simple terms, it is very rocky, gravelly soil, historically known as Bullengarook gravel.

Tasting Note:
This cooler Harcourt site has yielded a more savoury, spicy Syrah with a clear Northern Rhone influence. An earlier drinking expression this is already highly aromatic, bursting with flavours of juicy blue fruits, perfumed violets and spice. The palate is focused and intense with a vibrant silky body, underpinned by precise acidity and a nip of graphite-like tannins making an extremely charming wine. Not your classic Heathcote Shiraz.

This is a Dry, Medium+ bodied wine with High acidity and Medium+ tannin. It is Medium+ in it's intensity with Medium alcohol and a Medium+ finish.

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The Finer Details:

Grape Variety:

100% Syrah

Country:

Australia

Abv:

13.0%

Vintage:

2020

Region:

Victoria

pH:
Oaked or Unoaked:

Mix of Large Old Oak, Concrete and Stainless Steel

Appellation:

Heathcote

Style (R/S):

Dry (<3g/l)

Aged Before Release:

18 Months in mostly Large Oak

Farming:

Organic

Drinkability:

Drink Now or Cellar 10+ Years