Jamsheed 2008 Syrahfest
|Jamsheed 2008 Syrahfest|
It was even better than I expected.
The Jamsheed Syrahfest that is, a night last week spent getting stuck into Gary Mills’ fine 08 Syrahs in a back to back, cool climate Victorian red love-in. A love-in that showed just how very good these three wines were (and amazing value given the quality). In fact, the only challenge here was working out a favourite (which I did after carefully drinking several glasses of each).
Jamsheed Gruyere Syrah 2008 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
$40. Diam. 13.5%. 100% whole bunch and wild yeast ferment. Unfined and unfiltered. Sourced from a vineyard on the slopes of the Coldstream hill in Gruyere with typical Yarra grey loam.
My second favourite, though it was a close run thing. The nose starts off with quite prominent plum fruit but then it gets much more serious, stern and stemmy, though the stems never seem to stick out, suggesting that they are nicely ripe (stems that is). Palate similarly starts quite luscious, with bright red fruit backed by a long, elegant, peppery palate. Mid palate sweetness is quite seductive, but things get tight towards the tail as the acid kicks in. A lovely mid weight wine with perfume, flavour and a perfect match between softness and stern stem tannins. 18.5/94
Jamsheed Silvan Syrah 2008 (Yarra Valley, Vic)
$40. Diam. 13.8%. 100% whole bunch and wild yeast ferment. Unfined and unfiltered. Sourced from the red ‘Monbulk’ soils of the southern Yarra.
Winner. Loved it. The secret here is all about line and length, both of which you can’t help but admire. A more musky, peppery nose with more of the classic whole bunch sweatiness and vanilla bean oak when compared the other three wines. The palate too is leaner but finer, with a lovely lightness at no cost to intensity. Long. Did I mention long? Near perfect balance. Well done. 18.6/94
Jamsheed Garden Gully Syrah 2008 (Great Western, Vic)
$40. Diam. 13.5%. 50% whole bunch and wild yeast ferment. Unfined and unfiltered. Sourced from the 40 year old Garden Gully vineyard (which was recently taken over by Grampians estate) just down the road from the Seppelt cellar door
The crowd favourite. Unquestionably Grampians sourced and a wine that carried more ‘fruit’ than the two Yarra Syrahs. That’s obvious from the first whiff which shows chocolate, plums, red dirt and only a spoonful of stems (as opposed to a bowl). Much more meaty and charcuterie pumped too. Palate is rounder, bigger and firmer, with plushness and quite a degree of extract. For mine it’s seems just a smidgen stewed in this company, but I’m nitpicking. Still a wonderfully long, balanced and ideally textured (soft, in a very good way) red of exceptional form and style. 18.2/93