Jamsheed Silvan Syrah is a beautiful wine

This is the new face of Australian wine. Wines from distinguished sites, naturally made, with personality, elegance and a sense of place.

It’s from Jamsheed, a small producer making wines from privileged terroirs in Victoria, and this Silvan Syrah comes from the Yarra Valley. More specifically it is from vines planted in the 1990s on red soils in the south of the region, made from low yields and the PT23 clone. Winemaker Gary Mills uses 100% whole bunches (I’m a fan of whole bunches, usually), wild yeasts, and a 40 day extended maceration. The wines spends 1o months in used French oak and is then bottled unfined and unfiltered with just 35 mg/l SO2 at bottling.

Jamsheed Silvan Syrah 2010 Yarra Valley, Australia
13.7% alcohol. Rich, sweet, ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit dominates the nose. It’s lush with some liqueur-like characters, but it also has a fresh peppery edge. The palate is smooth, sweet and pure with cherry and berry fruit, but also some nice spicy, peppery grip. Olive and pepper complexity alongside the sweet, pure fruit, and after a while, some subtle green meaty notes emerge. Fantastic stuff. 95/100

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7 comments to Jamsheed Silvan Syrah is a beautiful wine

  • Richard Morris

    No UK suppliers on wine-searcher.

    I’m intrigued by your remark about ‘100% whole bunches’. Does this mean ‘with stalks’?

  • As with Richard’s comment. What do you mean about bunches and why do you favour them?

  • Andrew Halliwell

    Sounds like a great wine…

    I wonder what “just 35 mg/l SO2 at bottling” means? The FSO2 was 35 at bottling, the TSO2 was 35 at bottling, or 35ppm was added at bottling (in which case, how much did it have before)?

    Might sound picky, but as you know, it’s not really a small point. Many wines are bottled with a FSO2 of around 35, in which case the word “just” wouldn’t apply.

  • Mark Hix

    Yes but will it age?

    Something you rarely give for any of your tasting notes ~ a drinking window.

  • It might not age. It’s delicious now. Would expect it to develop over 3-5 years then hold steady. But I’m guessing, which is why I am not a fan of drinking windows.

  • Andrew, I think it means total of 35 added at bottling.
    Of course, 35 free would be quite high, actually, for a red wine. About average for a white.

  • Jamsheed wines are finally available in the uk for those of you who are interested. No Silvan produced in 2011 unfortunately but we have the Moonambel and Garden Gully which are stunning. Plenty of tannins and acidity there in 2011 so they should age beautifully.

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