2014 BK Wines "Cult" Syrah Adelaide Hills South Australia (Elsewhere $40+)
This cooler vintage has delivered an attractive pepper-dusted nose that is loaded with spice and fragrance, the oak is a support act to vibrant black cherry and blueberry fruits. The palate is all sappy and succulent, really layered, smooth and juicy tannins have good drive and depth, delivering a long, even blood plum finish. Drink now and up to 2022.
Bright violet color. Assertive blueberry and floral pastille scents are complicated by suggestions of black olive, allspice and cracked pepper. Silky, broad and appealingly sweet, showing excellent depth and vivacity to its sappy black and blue fruit flavors. A jolt of tangy acidity provides and lift and focus to an extremely long, vibrant finish that features fine-grained tannins and building spiciness. In a distinctly suave, energetic style, with the balance to age.
Winemaker's Notes: "When Cult Syrah first hit the scene he was a mouthy upstart; a belligerent, in-your-face raconteur with noisy, controversial opinions on everything from Justin Bieber to geopolitics. With every subsequent vintage he has matured, though we would never say mellowed. Gone are the screaming outbursts and rough edges verging at times on frivolity, replaced by a seriousness of purpose and the wisdom not to offend. He’s a grown-up sherbet, a tannic sorbet. He’s black pepper, curry leaf, cumin, bacon fat and salt. Where once he fidgeted, Cult Syrah now regally presides." Brandon's wines are unabashedly unique in style. He seeks elegance and fine form over power and muscle. Not to say that these wines are wimpy, there is plenty of flavor concentration here, just not the big extraction and alcohol that has become all too common in modern winemaking. This is a beautifully refined, spicy, smoky, savory Syrah with fresh acidity and boundless energy on the palate. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer).