2012 Streicker "Bridgeland Block" Syrah Margaret River (Elsewhere $35)

SKU #1333455 96 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Back label text is quite amusing; it's worth a look. The wine is serious though, with cloves, nuts and spice notes churning through intense black cherry and pepper, smoky oak then clinching the deal. Assertive tannin, complex flavour, convincing power; it's excellent from every angle.  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

93 points Wine Front: "The back label text, which isn’t long, uses the phrase "yada yada" four times, which is a pretty decent effort. Suggests, heaven forbid, we have a winery with a sense of humour on our hands. The wine is good. Light-ish, but good. Savoury and peppery as much as fruity, a touch smoky and herbal, tannic but in an integrated way. The mid palate is a succulent place to settle into, and while it’s mostly red berried there’s a (welcome) hint of liquorice. It’s a lovely wine to drink. Fragrant. Pretty. Yada yada.

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Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2018 | Send Email
A lovely change of pace from the Margaret River ... Syrah! Mostly we see Cab, Chard and a bit of Sauvignon Blanc, but this Syrah is terrific. I'd be hard pressed to tell where it was from if tasted blind, moderate in weight and complex, spicy meaty notes over that creamy classic syrah fruit. Classic and hinting at the northern Rhone style, but with a new world twist. Well balanced as with all the Streicker wines and nice tight acidity. A big winner!

Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2017 | Send Email
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Syrah's are my all-time favorite red wines and the Streicker Bridgeland Block is a winner! The aromatics are mixed with some spicy notes while the balanced tannins and dark fruits please the palate on this medium-bodied Syrah. If you're looking to explore new wines of Australia, I highly recommend the Bridgeland Block. Whether you're looking for a weeknight dinner wine or a new Syrah to try, this one is not to miss!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2017 | Send Email
You don't often see Syrah coming out of Margaret River, as it is often regarded as Cab Sauv and Chardonnay territory. With incredible flavors like these though, I wish more people in the area were making it. There is a leanness and brightness here that can sometimes get lost in the warmer Aussie areas and a great mineral character from the soils here. I love the spice notes and thee pure fruit quality. This is one I will keep in my rotation.

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- 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.


- 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.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14.1