Margaret River Syrah is noteworthy because of its fragrance and attractiveness in its youth. A rachis (Latin botanical term) is the stalk to which the individual berries are attached to. This cuvee is so named because of the inclusion of 1/3 whole bunches (rachis) in the cuvee. The rachis contributes perfumes, tannin and flavours additional to the grapes.
97 James Halliday, 96 & Gold International Wine Challenge London,95 Walsh “Art for art’s sake. Chardy for God’s sake. Pear, white nectarine, a minor amount of struck match, almond meal, fine ginger and clove spice oak. It’s fresh and bright, some grapefruit zing, but mainly pears studded with spice, tasteful application of savoury toasty oak, slight sizzled butter and nuts, fine powdery texture, cool, long .." , 92 Robert Parker Wine Advocate 92 Suckling 92 Decanter
98 Platinum Decanter World Wine Awards “Big vanilla and toasty brioche nose. High toast, new oak on the palate with a great depth of ripe tropical fruit flavour, plus a rich vein of pineapple acidity that carries the youthful fruit. Everything is in place for this to evolve gracefully.”96 James Halliday Blue Gold Sydney International 2019
97 James Halliday “It’s exceptionally fresh and pure, white peach and nectarine at its core. Roasted cashew and citrussy acidity dance around the core, creating a very long and crisp finish.”97 Gold International Wine Challenge Trophy Best WA Chardonnay 96 Campbell Mattinson Wine Front
96 James Halliday “Bruce Dukes at his best, conjuring up the complexity of a top French white burgundy..”93 James Suckling 91 International Wine Challenge 90 Wine Spectator 18.5+/20 Matthew Jukes
96 James Halliday “has an entrancing lightness of touch, not commonly encountered in the normal profundity of Margaret River Chardonnay.”91 Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Trophy London International Wine Challenge, 95 Hooke, 96 Jordan “sustained and powerful, with plenty of cellaring ahead”94 Walsh, Top 100 UK Australia Wines Mathew Jukes