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Alongside the Marsanne, this is one of our favourite releases this year. The 2019 Place of Changing Winds Syrah is a game changer as far as we’re concerned. Heathcote is full bodied, massive even, with a fleshy succulence, ferrous hints and an iron grip. Until we tasted this. Fragrant, almost Burgundian. Alluring scents of violets, Asian spices, with blue and bramble fruits. Elegant and lithe, with a slinky, silky frame and ripe succulent fruit. The flavours are wonderfully threaded with texture, falling into and away from each other, every sip brings forth new hints and flavours. Remarkable stuff, and one of the best Syrah’s we have tasted in a very long time. Waters Wine Co.
2019 was a warm, dry and fast-ripening vintage. It was a relatively easy year where the only critical decision for the team was getting the picking date right. The ferments were full of energy and flew through without incident. The Syrah was fermented naturally with varying levels of crushing and time on skins, including some full carbonic. The logic was to use whole berry and whole bunch fermentation to bring perfume and finesse to the natural power of Heathcote. Fermentation was in stainless and concrete tank and the aging was mostly in large, neutral oak (Stockinger), and some older barriques (from a range of coopers).
This wine is a product of a long running collab with Alain and Maxime Graillot, initially made by Luke Lambert, and is where Rob Walters began his wine producing journey. Today it’s the team at Place of Changing Winds who make the wine. There’s an amazing elegance to the palate, which is soft and smooth, without being jammy. It’s a ripe, luxurious wine showing great promise, with a hint of meat and pepper savouriness alongside the ripe fruit. There’s a sleek ripe side to the wine but also some good definition and focus. Very fine, doing a really difficult job of balancing ripeness and freshness really well. 94 points, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak