Clarendon Hills `Piggott Range Vineyard` Syrah 2002 (6x 750ml),McLaren Vale

This is another hillside vineyard planted in the 1960's adjacent to the Onkaparinga Valley. The soil here is notable by it's absence, just solid rock and shale prevail on this site and the vine roots have to work very hard to survive.Situated in a natural ampitheatre with 360 degree aspects, this vineyard is dry grown and produces small crops of deeply concentrated Syrah with high tannin levels.The yield here rarely exceeds two tonnes/acre and is often much lower.This old gone ungrafted Syrah vineyard has a unique character which I describe as 'the full meal followed by the cigar'!This wine is made in the same manner as all the Syrah vineyards and shows it's individuality purely due to vineyard influences.This wine develops slowly and positively for a most complete tasting experience.First vintage 1997.

Overview

This is another hillside vineyard planted in the 1960's adjacent to the Onkaparinga Valley. The soil here is notable by it's absence, just solid rock and shale prevail on this site and the vine roots have to work very hard to survive.Situated in a natural ampitheatre with 360 degree aspects, this vineyard is dry grown and produces small crops of deeply concentrated Syrah with high tannin levels.The yield here rarely exceeds two tonnes/acre and is often much lower.This old gone ungrafted Syrah vineyard has a unique character which I describe as 'the full meal followed by the cigar'!This wine is made in the same manner as all the Syrah vineyards and shows it's individuality purely due to vineyard influences.This wine develops slowly and positively for a most complete tasting experience.First vintage 1997.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale

Expert Reviews

97 Points. Robert Parker - #155 Wine Advocate

Absolutely fabulous, but extremely backward, the saturated black/purple-colored 2002 Syrah Piggott Range reveals that minerality/crushed rock characteristic in the nose along with notes of roasted meats, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, truffles, spice, and espresso. This dense, fabulously endowed Syrah inundates the palate with layers of creme de cassis, loads of glycerin, and unbelievable definition as well as focus. Four to five years of cellaring is recommended as this is a wine for patient connoisseurs. It should easily age for two decades. The distinctive roasted character of the Piggott Range Syrahs is noteworthy since this vineyard is a natural amphitheater planted with 35- to 40-year-old Syrah vines.