Jamsheed Harem La Syrah 2016
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Gary Mill’s pure, detailed Syrahs and irresistibly quirky Harem series have become touchstone examples of the Victorian wine zeitgeist. The benefits of his bold, non-interventionist approach—the high-definition clarity, enigmatic nuance and crackling energy—are evident across each wine under the Jamsheed label. Mill’s approach in the winery is all about long macerations, wild yeast fermentation, high proportion of whole bunches, no additions except for a little sulphur dioxide and no fining or filtration. The use of oak is restricted to used and larger format barrels.
Jamsheed’s Syrah wines, drawn from single-vineyard sites across Victoria, precisely capture each plot’s regional idiosyncrasies—seemingly in three dimensions. Gary Mills is justifiably renowned for these spine-tingling Syrah’s – even the international press corps have been making comparisons with the great names of the northern Rhône. Yet Mills is also a dab hand with many other varieties, producing exceptional Roussanne and Riesling under the Jamsheed label and a wide range of styles under Harem.
For the 2016 La Syrah, Gary Mill blended fruit from two adjacent parcels of Coldstream’s Spring Lane Vineyard. The vineyards are separated by a dam and fence, and share similar aspects, soils and vine age (20-25 years)…”so this might as well be single vineyard“, states Gaz. As always, the wine is naturally fermented with a large proportion of whole clusters (80% here) and this year the wine is raised in a 5000L barrel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with only minimal sulphur 8 months after picking.
When Dr Jamie Goode opines that “[Jamsheed’s] less expensive Harem series deliver pure vinous pleasure“, and Mike Bennie states the label is all about “drinkability and joyous consumption,” it’s La Syrah’s kind of supple charm to which he is referring.
RRP $31 **SPECIAL DOZEN PRICE … Only $25.50 when you buy 12 of this wine**
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Australia, Yarra Valley
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