2018 Coates Reserve Syrah

Serious quality McLaren Vale Syrah with a European accent. Incredible poise and balance even in its youth.
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First made in 2008, and only four time since, The Reserve Syrah is one of Duane Coates' most exquisite wines. That's not a common word to describe McLaren Vale Shiraz but this is such a pristine, fine wine...

From a single vineyard in Willunga that has been the source of all The Reserve releases, with a smattering of whole bunch and maturation in high quality oak. Just for total barrels, or around 90 dozen made.

Complex aromas of plums, pepper and fine, elevated spices. The palate is McLaren silk with an earthy edge and a dreamily long finish.

The Reserve Syrah is Coates premium release for Syrah and is only made in years of exceptional character; The Reserve has previously only been made in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Fruit is sourced from a single vineyard that averages 30 years in age in the Willunga district of McLaren Vale.

The hand-picked Syrah grapes were fermented for eight weeks on skins using natural yeasts. A small amount (10%) of whole bunch fruit was included in the ferment to add lift and complexity to the ferment. Maturation was performed in 70% new and 30% second use French oak. A single gravity feed racking and regular topping are the only time the wine is disturbed post-Malo with 20 months spent in wood. Several barrel classifications are required before settling on a final blend of just four barrels. The bottling date is determined when the tannin and oak balance feel right, with a further year spent in bottle prior to release.

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Blend: Shiraz (100%)
ABV: 14%
Closure: 750ml
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A pleasant surprise

    We were pleasantly surprised by this wine – we gave it a go as we visited Coates a few years back but did not get to try their higher-end options. This was delicious - well balanced, jammy, very moorish. We'll have to enjoy it again side my side with other heavy hitters like Rockford Basket Press!

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