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2014 Murdoch Hill Syrah

Region:Adelaide Hills (N/A) , SA

Style:Medium Bodied

Producer:Murdoch Hill

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Spicy, cool-climate Syrah labelled as a _"must-buy"_ by James Halliday - **95 points**.

RRP $28.00

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When James Halliday says a wine is a "must-buy", you sit up and pay attention. Michael Downer has been carefully honing his craft with cool climate Syrah over the last few years, each new release gets a little more impressive. Pound for pound, this may be his best value Syrah to date. This comes from the Cronberry vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. It's a wine that shows off all the hallmarks of both the vineyard and the skillful hands of its creator. It's about style and elegance, not brute force. 2014 was a long cool grow season, marked by little sunlight for the vineyard. Michael says this "Allowed us to slowly build flavours without sugar ripeness racing through". It's made with 25% whole bunches and a judicious combination of maturation in new and old oak for 10 months. If you're on the lookout for top value, spicy, modern Syrah, this is one of the best from this region under $30.

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"Fragrant, spiced black cherry and a twitch of French oak soar from the bouquet, the palate building on a similar array of flavours. Excellent fine tannins (part fruit, part oak) put this wine into a must-buy category for drinking now or much later." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

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Murdoch Hill owner/winemaker Michael Downer