Tom Rogers Yarra Valley Syrah 2015
Made by Punt Road Assistant Winemaker Tom Hill. Tom Rogers wines reflect the individuality of the sub-zones of the Yarra Valley.
The 2015 vintage had close to ideal conditions.
Viognier was sourced from the Warramunda vineyard in the Coldstream sub-zone (Upper Yarra). The vineyard neighbours Oakridge.
Fruit was fermented in oak with wild and cultured yeast, left on skins for several days and went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was naturally fined.
It's pale straw in colour, highly aromatic with notes of rose petals, old spice, ginger blossom and apricots. There is mid-palate weight that is balanced by a salty, soft steely-acidity making it both fresh and savoury.
Shiraz (Syrah another synonym) was sourced from the Rising Vineyard in St Andrews (Upper Yarra). Also used for past Luke Lambert wines. The vineyard has poor soil (Silurian mudstone through rock), is at 250m altitude and is exposed to high winds making it a low fertility site.
The fruit is cold soaked for several days, partially with whole bunches and wild fermented. The wine is matured in a mix of new and old French Puncheons (500L barrels) for about 12 months.
Dark red in colour, with spice and pepper aromas, fragrant dark cherry fruits and subtle stalky notes. Rounded medium to full palate with fleshy fruit characters, more ripe black-cherry and plum characters and spice notes. Finishes with clean acidity and subtle silky tannins.
Both wines have been made in small quantities, so once it's gone it's gone.