2014 Streicker Bridgeland Block Syrah
The Margaret River Wine Region has been blessed with eight great growing seasons in a row. Vintage 2014 started off with some late, heavy rainfall in September and two minor hail events in October. However from here on, there weren't any significant weather events until a heat spike the week prior to Christmas. The entire flowering period occurred in warm, mild conditions resulting in good fruit-set across all varieties. Vintage conditions were ideal for ripening all varieties with little or no disease present and no rainfall pressures.
Roughly half the block was hand-picked and de-stemmed ,with the berries left uncrushed to preserve the natural fruit perfumes and allow for slow, controlled tannin and flavour extraction, with 33% of the stalks yielded from the destemming processes being added back to the must to promote extraction of spicier flavours and more savoury fruit characters and textures. 4 days later the other half of the block was hand-picked and de-stemmed, with the berries left un-crushed to preserve the natural fruit perfumes and allow for slow, controlled tannin and flavour extraction. The ferments were kept cold and pumped over twice a day for 8 days. The still fermenting wines were then gently separated from their skins and allowed to finish ferment in Burgundian-style oak barrels, 33% which were new. The wines were then aged separately in oak for 14 months, after which they were blended, clarified and bottled.
96pts - Ray Jordan's WA Wine Guide
95pts - James Halliday's 2018 Wine Companion
SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards
Commended - International Wine Challenge
This wine has already been cellared for you to enjoy now, but will continue to evolve if kept under suitable conditions.