Bright crimson-purple colour. Intense black and red berry fruits on the palate. Spicy/savoury/earthy nuance. Striking wine. 95 points, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2018
The 2017 Landau Syrah comes from a single parcel of vines at Murdoch Hill’s Landau block in Oakbank. The vines here were planted in 1998 and sit on a predominately east-facing slope in shallow, red loam soils. Oakbank’s warmer, sunny days allow for the Syrah vines to fully ripen their fruit whilst the afternoon breezes and cool nights help the fruit retain its natural acidity. Of course, this is still the Adelaide Hills and the Landau site sits at 400 metres above sea level. So we are well and truly in cool climate territory here. Downer wild ferments this wine with 20% whole bunches and whole berries in small one tonne, open fermenters. Again, oak maturation is minimal, with the wine raised in older French oak puncheons (10% new) for roughly 9-10 months.