2023 Oria-Riff Old Vine Syrah Barossa Rouge

Ultra small batch Barossa Shiraz from vines planted in 1901.

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Cooper Davis Draper and his partner Cat came back to Australia from Mexico in 2021, with only $600 in their pocket and a bottle of mezcal.

Cooper has spent the past few years building up winemaking experience across Australia, France and Canada, and he draws on all this knowledge for his new, emerging label, Oria-Riff. 

This is their delicious Old vine Syrah from a vineyard planted circa 1901 in Springton in South-East Barossa. It's built in a slippery modern mode - more about spice and lift and elegance.

Only a tiny amount made but well worth checking out to get an early glimpse on this new name in Barossa wine.

94 points
"It’s a delight to drink, supple, dribbly, moreish, floral and yet reflects fruit characters of the warm region in depth and richness despite its coolness and lift. Pretty violet elements mesh to aniseed, ripe plum, mulberry, old campfire and alpine herbs to sniff on, with similar flavours echoing in the palate. A rub of light, dusty tannins, some twiggy, bay leaf savouriness to taste too. It slips along nicely, juicy, yet tidying up to cinch of minerally, gravelly inflection. You get an impression of medium weight, suppleness, high drinkability and all that fruit, spice, savoury, textural detail. Much charm; touch fancy and a different lens for Barossa, done well."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

The Oria~Riff Rouge this year consists of an Old Vine Syrah parcel coming from the granitic
hills of Springton in South-East Barossa. This ancient vineyard was purchased by Mark and his
family in the summer of 2022 with the intention of converting to Bio-Dynamics and treating this
newly steward land with respect. I joined them in the winter of 2022 to teach the family the art
of cane pruning and setting up vine structure to ensure a long and bountiful life.
There is a small dry farmed block of Syrah planted in 1901 that Mark entrusted me to prune
and follow through until vintage. The fruit from this site developed flavor at a low potential
alcohol and with the constant threat of rain and storms in the vintage of 2023 I decided to pick
when freshness and perfume was present. The wine was simply made, some clusters used
and basket pressed to an old hogsheads barrel. This wine will seem coiled and tight out of the
bottle, the granite gives this attribute I feel, patience and decanting will allow the lilac and
violets to come alive as well as the finely tied tannins that show the old vine concentration.

94 points - "It’s a delight to drink, supple, dribbly, moreish, floral and yet reflects fruit characters of the warm region in depth and richness despite its coolness and lift. Pretty violet elements mesh to aniseed, ripe plum, mulberry, old campfire and alpine herbs to sniff on, with similar flavours echoing in the palate. A rub of light, dusty tannins, some twiggy, bay leaf savouriness to taste too. It slips along nicely, juicy, yet tidying up to cinch of minerally, gravelly inflection. You get an impression of medium weight, suppleness, high drinkability and all that fruit, spice, savoury, textural detail. Much charm; touch fancy and a different lens for Barossa, done well." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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