Size & Type
This wine really requires no introduction. Every year it’s produced it garners superlatives from critics and consumers alike.
The devil as always is in the detail from super close planted vines that require specialised machinery and loads of manual work. The yield control and balance in the vines and their fruit offers wines of balance and harmony.
From Tom & Nadege
This is the most opulent Shiraz for many a year, it has loads of black and darker red fruits and a trademark hint of black pepper. The fruit intensity is remarkable coupled with the signature fragrant violet note. It’s just loaded with fruit and florals and complex Asian spices
The palate is saturated and layered with a superb array of silken mouthcoating tannins. Black, blue and red fruits, spice, perfume and fragrant. The 2021 has a richness, fleshiness and is deeply concentrated, one of our absolute best releases. Ever.
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This wine is from the Shiraz block planted in 2003 with Viognier from the original 2001 plantings. There are two clones in the block, Best’s Old Block sourced from the original plantings at Best’s Great Western planted in 1868 and clone 1654, a Barossa selection. The Viognier is from cuttings at Yarra Yering, that l cut personally in 2000, Dr Carodus told me he had personally taken them from Chateau Grillet in Condrieu in the 60’s. Highly illegal at the time and even more so now.
This is Tom and Nadège’s Serrat Vineyard. It looks so peaceful. First plantings in the early 00’s, vineyard coming inline, the 2009 fire destroyed it including the shed on the hill, 2010 no crop, 2011 tough year, end if 2011 hail destroyed 2012. Now in 2017 if you look carefully to the left you can see the vineyard looks different. That’s a 16 year old vineyard about to reach its peak ripped out as phylloxera has hit and they are back to square one.
So when you pay less than a pineapple for a bottle of Serrat you are helping someone survive and share their passion. No superfund in vineyards! This is simply the reality of farming grapes.
P.S. The couple of cows that eat that grass make for pretty bloody tasty steaks too!
The wines from the 2022 vintage follows on from the 21 with a similar high quality set of wines. It is the second in a now trio of La Nina’s, an unprecedented occurrence in our lifetime. 21, 22, 23, cool wet springs, difficult flowering, cool summers later picking.
Abnormal amounts of extra work in the vineyard, but the results are worth the effort.
The wines showed their potential from the day they started fermentation, lovely detail, intensity and flavor profile. They are complex incredibly pure and detailed and have wonderful mouthfeel and balance. 21 and 22 an incredible pair of vintages at the very top.
Where in the world does the magic happen?
1 Simpsons Ln, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia