Deep purple in appearance with a crimson hue, this density suggests a powerful wine. The 2011 growing season was warmer than average, and has produced wines of opulence and generosity. In spite of this richness the wine still manages to charm with a bouquet of violets and roses. Spicy characters suggestive of pepper and sage also add nuances to the aromatic profile. Whilst this wine is starting out relatively primary in aroma, we do expect the savoury characters to come through in time. The palate is reminiscent of Black Doris plums and fruit cake spice. Texturally, bright acidity reinforces the vibrancy of this wine whilst a mid-palate chalkiness, most likely from tannin, slows the passage across the palate. Perhaps the Syrah, of all the wines made at Dry River, shows the greatest capacity for ageing in the cellar and our estimate for this wine would be seven to 10 years.
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