Released under the Petite Syrah label and with our new Michael Schmeja artwork to highlight the new approach to this old favourite.
Petite Syrah is the name used in United States for Durif. The name Durif originated in the Rhone valley of France when Syrah (Shiraz) was cloned with a local variety called Pelourisin. The term “Petite” refers to the size of the grape which is generally a small grape but in a large bunch – sometimes weighing up to 300g.
Our 2012 wine shows the deep colour associated with Durif, but the tannins have been softened by using new Romanian and American oak with some old French oak in the maturation process. Sweet fruit and reduced tannins make the wine very drinkable and is ideal with richer meats. The spiciness associated with Shiraz grown in our cool climate shows through in the wine – delicious!