Jamsheed La Syrah 2009 (Yarra Valley & Great Western, Vic)
13.5%, Screwcap, $21
60% whole bunches, extended maceration, natural yeasts. It’s one of the most seriously produced $21 bottles of wine you’ll find. But talk about polarising…
If your diet consists of some rhoney poney French reds you’ll probably be right into this wine. Or at least be tolerant of its eccentricities. It smells of meat, of steak with black pepper sauce, more black pepper, tobacco, spice and stems. Throw in a trip to the smallgoods window and you’re about set. It’s a wacky nose, but also interesting, showing perhaps a slightly ashen edge, but also a serious depth of flavour. Palate follows with a meaty, tangy, slightly awkward shape that is interesting, but ultimately a bit jagged – with nervy acidity – for real love.
All in all I definitely enjoyed some parts of this beast, but at the same time gee it’s a peppery, stemmy and hardcore style. Score is still reasonably high in the scheme of things as I think there is some real outré interest in there..16.5/88+