The 2016 vintage composed of low winter rainfall and a dry spring, irrigation commenced before flowering.
One significant rainfall in late January was perfectly timed, resulting in high quality grapes.
An ideal season for cool climate shiraz.
Sew & Sew refer to their Adelaide Hills Shiraz as Syrah because stylistically it differs significantly from their fruit forward Shiraz of McLaren Vale.
The Sew & Sew Contour Syrah is more elegant with a finer structure and offers a very different flavour profile to that of its lower elevation cousin in McLaren Vale.
Hand harvested in late autumn, the grapes were gently crushed and fermented in two tonne open fermenters.
The ferment was hand plunged twice a day for 15 days, once dry it was basket pressed and put to oak.
The wine matured in a blend of 20% new and 80% mature French and American oak.
This purple-crimson wine of medium intensity has jewel like clarity.
The Sew & Sew Contour Syrah has notes of rich, dark fruit and peppery spices underlain with deep florals.
On the palate, it expresses plum, dark cherries, white pepper, violets and cigar box.
The firm ripe tannins combine with good acidity to provide length and texture which complement the fruit beautifully.
This wine pairs beautifully with foraged mushrooms, braised veal, and roasts with winter root vegetables.