The key to the Helen’s Hill Syrah is hand picking. By hand picking they can ensure that the Syrah is at the optimal ripeness and flavour profile at harvest time and therefore allow this variety to show its renowned and universally enjoyed full ripe flavours. After picking the fruit is de-stemmed and crushed into open top fermenters to undergo primary fermentation (approximately 6-8 days). The fruit then spends up to 6 weeks in the fermenters going through post ferment maceration to extract maximum color and tannins from the skins whilst adding texture and weight to the juice.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
Deep, verging inky, colour; an intense wine in every respect, taking no prisoners and a nigh-on perfect example of how much power cool-grown shiraz can generate with its moderate alcohol. And while tannins are certainly present, it's the bright blue and black fruits and attendant acidity that provide the horse power, not oak or tannin extract. The journey will be a long one, but very rewarding. James Halliday, Rating 95, 27th July 2015