The Melissa’s Paddock Syrah serves as an apotheosis of elegance meshed with force, dichotomously ethereal in its delivery and pepper-grind length. Impressively savoury. Uncannily fresh and effortless. Smoked meat, blueberry, soaring violet scents and a Iithe yet sumptuous ferrous texture.
Power, grace, poise and persistence. This wine really sets the glass alight. Pepper and florals, an assortment of berried fruits, graphite, toast, twigs and savoury spices. It has it all going on. It sits on the bolder side of medium-weight, and is drilled with spice-drenched tannin. The finish soars. It’s cracking.
95 points, The Wine Front (August 2020)
Medium to full ruby colour with vestiges of purple as well as brick-red edges, revealing some age development. The bouquet is earthy, undergrowth-like and the humus, vegetal notes suggest a high proportion of whole-bunches, including stalks in the ferment. Ashy notes and root vegetables. It's full-bodied but soft and fleshy, rounded and savoury. Sweet spices deep in the middle-palate. Some grittiness in the tannins. An idiosyncratic style that seeks to do something more interesting with the shiraz grape. It succeeds, but it may not be to everyone's taste. I thought it was very delicious.
96 points, The Real Review (May 2020)
Medium purple colour with red edges. Aromatics are compelling and more than a little Rhôney: red licorice, spiced plums and white pepper. Earthier notes, turned-earth and clove. First sip reveals just enough flesh and fruit weight, tightly-wound and grounded in red berry fruits. Whole-bunch notes are soft and subdued. Treads the fine line with confidence. Will live for years.
95 points, The Real Review (February 2020)
Deep in colour, it offers a wonderfully complex bouquet of musky dried floral aromas, spices like mild pepper and cloves, foresty complexities, and a core of plum and berry fruit. Everything is in superb harmony and carried perfectly through the smooth, seamless, beautifully layered and lingering palate. The balance is superb and it has lovely flow through super-fine finishing tannins. Wow!
97 points, The Real Review (May 2020)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.