Graillot Syrah No.2 2011

"The hits keep coming, This is another fine, sophisticated release. Black pepper and clove notes thread through a myriad of ...


95 Points Campbell Mattinson


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Varietal
Shiraz / Syrah
Brand Name
Alain Graillot
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
AUSTRALIA
Region
Heathcote, Vic

Product Description

"The hits keep coming, This is another fine, sophisticated release. Black pepper and clove notes thread through a myriad of both savoury and fruit-filled characters: licorice, black cherry, meat, green herbs, peppercorn and violets among them. It flows in decisive manner towards a structured, spice-riddled finish. It will live for many years but, being so well balanced, drinks well young."
95 Points Campbell Mattinson,


REVUES ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
The 2011 Syrah No 2 received a very respectable 94 points in the 2014 Australian Wine Companion however we are now moving on to the next vintage. The 2012 is certainly the finest release so far of this wine and is looking deliciously juicy and fleshy, exactly what you'd expect from a quality Syrah No. 2 from a great vintage. Again, this is a barrel selection, yet it ends up coming mostly from the lower half of the slope, an area of the vineyard that naturally produces fleshier, more open wine. In the blending we are looking for those barrels that are more generous, more open, fleshier, more delicious now for the Syrah No 2. It isn't a 'second wine' as such but a stylistically different, earlier-drinking blend. The winemaking is exactly the same as for the wine above (as outlined below) yet in 2012 there is around 35-40 per cent whole bunch in the blend. The result could be described as a more textural manifestation of the Graillot and it retains the same pretty aromatic and mineral freshness of its more expensive sibling. From a terrific vintage, this is loaded with wonderfully complex dark cherry, blueberry, roasted herb and graphite aromas and flavours. The palate is pulpy and seamless and the finish is long and fresh and super-moreish. In short a fragrant, delicious, lifted and complex Heathcote Syrah.

Graillot Syrah No.2 2011

"This also has excellent hue, with little difference. In theory, this is a bolder, more obviously Australian wine, but in this vintage it isn't, but needs no apology. It doesn't have the fleshy opulence of the Heathcote Shiraz, instead with an elegance to its medium-bodied fruits of red and black cherry, oak evident, but not obtrusive. Another success? Absolutely.
94 points James Halliday, Wine Companion

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