2013 Jamsheed "Harem - La Syrah" Yarra Valley Victoria
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made with fruit from the Pyrenees and Yarra Valley, using indigenous yeast and a high percentage of whole bunch, the 2013 Harem La Syrah has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is scented of black berries and mulberries with a savory undercurrent of bacon fat and marmite toast. Medium-bodied with a solid backbone of rounded tannins and lively acid, it offers plenty of earthy/meaty flavors right through to a good, long finish. (LPB)
Sourced from both the Pyrenees and the Yarra Valley. It's a chunky, meaty wine with clove/peppercorn notes as influential as its wealth of blackberried fruit. Desperately needs protein to help soften its tannin.
Winemaker's Notes: "The 2013 is a blend of Upper Goulburn (80%) and Yarra Valley (20%) Syrah, fermented incorporating 80% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts, aged in new and older 500L puncheons and bottled unfined and unfiltered 8 months after picking. Tasting Note: Bright purple. Highly fragrant scents of black and blue fruits, olive paste and smoky Indian spices. Shows textbook syrah character, with appealing sweetness, smokiness and spiciness to its cassis, cherry compote and licorice pastille flavors. The persistent, subtly tannic finish repeats the smoky note and shows very good focus."