2019 Minim Metcalfe Shiraz

Beautiful, graceful Victorian Syrah, with so much going on.

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Tim Sproal at Minim is fully involved in the viticulture at the beautiful Metcalfe vineyard in Heathcote, and it possibly results in one of his best releases.

Wildly interesting nose, a combination of high-toned florals and fruits, some cooked meat gaminess and hints of kitchen herbs.

The palate is gentle layered with medium-weight spicy Syrah fruit and a condensed power that strains at the leash to be released into a big glass.

What a delicious, great-value, high quality Syrah.

This fruit is grown by me in partnership with Helen and Greg Miles of Coliban Valley vineyard; a site that they planted in 1997 and have farmed without irrigation for most of its life. The site is located at the edge of the harcourt granite, with lenses of clay amongst granitic soil over the occasional bedrock outcrop.

Metcalfe is a site that offers amazing naturally acidity along with the ability to full ripen Shiraz. Powerful and full-flavoured yet bright and precise. The fruit was destemmed and wild fermented in open milk vats for 21 days with plenty of extraction then pressed off and aged on solids in seasoned puncheons for 10 months. Bottled with 30 ppm sulphur dioxide and aged in bottle for a further 12 months prior to release.

Anything but typical of a Heathcote shiraz, but for me a great example of a finer boned and fruitful example of shiraz grown on granite in the cooler Coliban Valley.

94 Points - "Heathcote shiraz here, but through the lens of Minim something entirely different. Tim Sproal, the winemaker, his vineyard he works on.

Lovely feel to this wine. Almost a pinosity, it’s so silky, fresh and bright, great sense of energy, berries on the cusp of ripeness, an almost alpine lift to the herbs and spice. Delightful! Delicious! Hark! Pretty shiraz, opens up so beautifully with each sip, and right in that central Victoria groove of satiny, perfume and spice." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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