Syrah 'High Contrast Vyd', Horsepower
From a vineyard planted in 2013, the 2016 Syrah High Contrast saw loads of stems and mostly neutral barrels. This thrilling wine has a Chave Hermitage-like purity and class as well as gorgeous notes of cassis, black raspberries, smoked earth, and graphite. It’s deep, pure and layered, incredibly layered, pure, and long, with a finish that won’t quit. This isn’t for those looking for an inky, massive wine, but it’s pure class, complete, amazingly long, and elegant. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and it’s going to shine for 15-20 years.
Press & Reviews
The aromas explode from the glass, with notes of fire pit, potpourri, black olive, wet stone, dried porcini and stone. The palate is sumptuous, layered, elegant and intensely flavorful, showing abundant savory notes. A lingering black olive and earthy finish caps it off. Best after 2025.
Aromas of brambleberries and wet earth with some smoke and green cloves. Full body, round and succulent tannins and a juicy, earthy aftertaste. Savory. Delicious now or hold.
Good full red. Less open and expressive on the nose than the Sur Echalas Syrah, hinting at blackberry, pepper, brown spices and dark chocolate. Then juicier and more delineated than the Sur Echalas but still with plenty of texture and breadth; also darker in its fruit character and a bit less rich and sweet. Finishes with firm tannic spine and a touch of youthful bitterness. I wanted a bit more sweetness but this very young Syrah needs more time in bottle to harmonize. Soil-driven, salty, high-pH Syrah with backbone. (13.8% alcohol)