Our 2019 Syrah has seemed quite special, great flavour intensity at the point of harvest in the vineyard, the depth of colour and flavour enduring as the grapes transitioned to wine through the winery before being rested to French Oak Barrels (~28% new) for 18 Months. The Syrah grapes were whole berry fermented, with the ferment progressing evenly generating mild warmth and co-inoculated with malolactic bacteria on day three. Following ferment and resting on skins for over 4 weeks, the wine received gentle pressing to avoid over extraction, tank settling before racking and decanting to barrel. Barrel tasting of this wine was a pleasure throughout while the flavours maintain the trueness to the Mount Benson terroir. Our Syrah abounds with flavours of Szechwan pepper, five spice, star anise, with hints of juicy fruit, stewed blueberry and a petite violet fragrance. Firm tannins give a smooth full mouthfeel & extended palette. Food matches include all red meats, cheese and cold meat platters, and berry deserts. This is an excellent wine for drinking now but careful cellaring will improve this wonderful Syrah. After almost a year post bottling resting in our Cellar, time to be released and enjoyed.

Mount Benson Estate Block 8 Syrah 2019, Mount Benson

Region: SA | Mount Benson

Country: Australia

Closure: Screwtop/ Cap

ABV: 14.55%


  1. 90

    Blueberries, tart crunchy acid. Bright but lacking drive.

  2. 95

    Proper Syrah. Black peppercorns. Plush palate doesn’t show the alcohol. Finessed tannins. Proper Syrah!

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