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Muse Syrah 2008

Drinking Guide

 

Drink 2011-2026

Produced to this quality level two or three times each decade, only a single barrel was made in 2008. There is a huge reservoir of spice, slathered over rich and ripe fruit and floral elements that will continue to develop with maturation in bottle. A wonderfully delicate and balanced wine, it will be enjoyed now through the next two decades. Any attempt at this wine within 8 years would benefit with decanting. As it is not typically Australian in its profile, we have opted to call it by its traditional French name, Syrah. Matches well with food now or later.

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Technical Details

Depending on how you look at it, it was either fortunate or unfortunate that a great deal of fruit was deemed not good enough for use in making this wine. By being so stringent, very little of this stellar wine was made. However, the fruit that was used was excellent and has resulten in a wine that is much more robust and complex than the 2007 release and shows the finesse and richness possible in cool climate Shiraz. While you may expect some vegetal undertones, there is a huge reservoir of spice, fruit and floral elements that will continue to develop with maturation in bottle. Any attempt at this wine within 8 years would benefit with decanting. As it is not typically Australian in its profile, we have opted to call it by its traditional French name, Syrah. The fruit was sourced from the Moorilla owned and operated St. Matthias vineyard, north-east facing on the West Bank of the Tamar River. The fruit was left on the vine until flavour profiles showed an increase in fruit/berry characters before it was hand-picked. Unfortunately, total available fruit for this wine was low due to overcropping of one of our blocks. Fruit was picked prior to optimum ripeness and was therefore not used for red winemaking (Praxis Shiraz Rose 2008). Only the bottom block was used and the timing of picking was perfect.