2017 Mada Wines Syrah Nouveau

Canberra, NSW

Epicly aromatic contemporary rendition of Syrah.


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About The Wine

The modern Australian Shiraz/Syrah is a much different beast to that of twenty years ago. Thank the wine gods for the evolution of style, it's allowed for great wines like this to come into existence.

Hamish Young has got a good eye for fruit. For this fresh, nouveau take on Syrah, he sourced from a vineyard he describes as "Possibly the warmest, hungriest site in Canberra." It was fermented as 100% whole berries for max aromatics, cold soaked for a week, fermented for two weeks, then pressed to a combination of ceramic egg and a French puncheon.

There's also a dash of Grenache co-fermented with Gewürztraminer thrown in for a little extra 'pop'. Of this vintage, Hamish says - "this is brighter, more detailed and crunchier than last year's - it's what I want the wine to be." This is a highly perfumed, exuberant style of Syrah, which is reliant on impeccable fruit for its appeal, not oak. If you love the trend towards medium-bodied, youthful reds, this is going to be right up your alley.

About Mada Wines

Mada wines sees ex-Eden Road operational winemaker Hamish Young venture out on his own for the first time.

Sourcing fruit from some great sites across the Canberra and Hilltops regions, his first releases were a smash hit and his star continues to rise.

His wines show a fresher and more modern side of NSW wine, all about vibrant fruit and ease of drinking. He looks for texture in his aromatic whites, freshness in his delightful red wines, each release sees him refine his own 'house style' a little more.

This is a Canberra producer to watch for the future. One of the new crop of Canberra which is shaking up the regional scene.

As Mike Bennie once said, "Mada Wines should be put on your list of wines to watch, or indeed to buy a bit of....then probably a lot of."

One of the beautiful NSW vineyards Hamish sources from
One of the beautiful NSW vineyards Hamish sources from
Canberra, NSW

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Young gun Hamish Young (aka he who has spent time alongside Nick Spencer at Eden Road Wines) solo project on song, here. This is shiraz from Murrumbateman dollied up with a bit of grenache and a seasoning of gewurztraminer, raised in ceramic and concrete vessels, made for youthful approach. A lot to like here. Kirsch and floral notes, dash of pepper, sniff of wet slate/wet pebble. Good start. Palate is medium weight, slick with cool, purple-mulberry fruit characters, lightly juicy, long and lip-smacking. Fruit sweetness might be a quibble for some, but hey, it aids drinkability It’s going to get the jollies on for those seeking cool climate syrah expressions, but likewise suit a cohort of drinkers wanting a red with a chill and guzzle factor. Delicious, is the message." - Maike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Syrah from this site is best represented in a Nouveau style given the rocky, hungry nature of the site and the subsequent bright fruit profile and underlying dark granite tannin line. Grower - Richard Cottam, Murrumbateman, Canberra District Fruit Notes - Soil is a mixture of Granite, Quartz, Shale, with a drop of Limestone situated on the eastern slopes of a hillside, terraced vineyard.

Winemaking Notes - 100% whole berries. Held cool for a week, then 10% Grenache de-stemmed on top and co-fermented with gewürztraminer. Two week fermentation before pressed to ceramic egg, and truncated concrete tank. No fining and minimal sulphur added.

Blend : Shiraz (90%), Grenache & Gewürztraminer (10%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2022
Bottle Size : 750ml

Hamish Young
Hamish Young
Mada Wines, Owner/winemaker

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