Shows class and elegance in the dryness, astringent tannins and crisp acidity that frame the blackberry, blueberry, teriyaki beef and spice flavors. The astringency is an integral part of the wine’s structure. Drink this over the next six years with rich lamb, game and beef dishes.
This is Murray’s junior version of Syrah, less expensive than his Watch Hill bottling, but also not as charming. It’s dry, tannic and a little sharp, with red currant, brown sugar and pepper flavors.
Briary, sour plummy aromas on the nose are shrouded by a touch of greenness that some described as sulphur, and others called cilantro. Though the mouthfeel is soft and smooth, the wine’s flavors aren’t more complicated than strong blackberry and tart, toasted oak. Lengthy finish has bitter menthol-pepper flavors.
There’s lots of seemingly sweet, jammy raspberry and cherry flavors in this Syrah. It has good Central Coast acidity that gives it a pleasant bite, but it never quite climbs above ordinary.