2014 BK Wines "Cult" Syrah Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1230168 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (6/2016)

93 points Vinous

 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.  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

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).

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2016 | Send Email
This gets my "geek alert" for the month. A natural styled wine with real complexity that has all the hallmarks of that style: bright fruit, gamy notes and exotic floral aromas. But, there is something deeper here as well. The wine stays true to varietal form, which can sometimes be overshadowed in this wine style. It has notes of dried violets and white pepper and vibrant red fruit. Sure, it ain't cheap but it is a singular and experiential wine.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Adelaide Hills

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5