Notes from a tasting lunch, with a theme of Syrah from anywhere but France.
2012 Majella Sparkling Shiraz – mid colour, with a nose of sweet ripe black fruit with some pepper. Smooth on palate and surprisingly good.
1985 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Langi – something I came across in my cellar and threw out there in case it happened to show decently. It was sound but faded
2004 Clarendon Hills Syrah Brookman – dark wine with tar in the nose and a bit of raspberry. Excellent concentration and a fair bit of soft tannin. Nice.
1994 Swanson Syrah – this Rutherford winery produced a nice wine for my main offering. The nose was more Southern Rhone with what seems like Grenache notes, with nutmeg in the nose and a medium length smooth finish.
2005 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard – dark wine with a black cherry nose, smooth on palate and while it had a medium length sweet finish, it was not what I would call a ripe wine.
2009 Le Vieux Pin Syrah Équinoxe – from a BC winery and the only Canadian wine that day. Dark wine with a nice blue fruit nose, great depth on palate, a very classy wine that sent us wondering of someone had cheated and slipped a Northern Rhone in.
2017 Melville Syrah Estate Donna’s Block – off to Santa Rita with this wine. Fairly dark, sweet nose, soft in the mouth and with a hint of green. This one stood apart as being different, but it was interesting and was a good addition to the tasting.
2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender – back up to Washington state (Walla Walla) for this one. Spicy briary nose with a tapenade hint, and enough of what we call garrigue to be confusing when tasted blind. Very nice.
2012 Dutton-Goldfield Syrah Dutton Ranch Cherry Ridge Vineyard – first time sampling this winery for me. Dark wine full of dark fruit, and a smooth long finish – struck me as fully mature now.
Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny – I pulled this out as a suitable finishing/cheese wine. Interesting nose with walnuts, figs and although sweet, it was nicely balanced with good acidity. Very tasty.