Bursting with sweet toast from the barrel aging, this offers ripe and pretty berry fruit, deep and long, with highlights of oolong tea. The alcohol is not intrusive, and the acidity keeps it buoyed and lively.
Pungent and spicy, dark and brooding, this wine brings it with deep, sappy berry fruit and overtones of meat and garrigue, all with muscle and verve. Tannins are firm and hard, showing some ripe stem and earth flavors, and plenty of barrel toast. Muscular and warm, this Syrah walks the line perfectly between the Rhône and Barossa.
Made in a consistent style, this already delivers lush berry, plum, cherry and currant fruit, wrapped in generous new oak (90% of the wine was aged in small French oak barrels). Winemaker John Duval keeps the alcohol at a sensible 14.3%, and adds a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon to stiffen the spine.
Australian winemaker John Duval is the winemaker for Long Shadows’ signature Syrah. His experience shows in the Oz-like color (almost black), the spicy berry, plum, cherry and currant fruit, and the silky, polished tannins. Interestingly, Duval uses a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, rather than going with Viognier. The wine seems to be holding something…
Ripe berries, loaded with spice, concentrate the flavors of this exceptionally smooth, big-bodied Syrah. As is the custom with Sequel, the grapes are a blend of many vineyards and AVAs, which certainly enhances the polished mouthfeel, but at the expense of specificity. The acids stick out a little bit, but are soon covered in loads of chocolate and butterscotch…
John Duval makes this satiny and very smooth Syrah for the Long Shadows collective. It’s got strong coffee-accented flavors, along with fairly astringent tannins. Young, tight and a bit hot as it winds through the finish. The blend includes 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyards scattered across the state.