Alongside the Marsanne, this is one of our favourite releases this year. The 2020 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. Sure there’s a deeper, darker intensity than the 2019. but it’s fragrant too, 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.
The Heathcote Syrah was fermented naturally with 100% whole bunches. There were varying levels of crushing and time on skins, including some full carbonic. Our ethos is always to use whole-bunch and whole-berry fermentation to bring perfume and finesse to the natural power of Heathcote.
Fermentation was in concrete and steel tanks and the maturation was mostly in large, neutral oak (Stockinger), with some in older barrique and concrete tank. Less than five per cent of the oak was new. Following our successful experiments with longer aging, we are now starting to extend the maturations for these wines; the 2020 Syrah matured for 18 months (as opposed to 12 months for the 2019 release).