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2017 Mea Culpa Syrah


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An exceptionally smooth and layered single vineyard syrah from an outstanding Yarra Valley vintage. Our winemaking guilty pleasure.

Mea Culpa is an admission of guilt, an unapologetic acknowledgment that we should have known better. While we generally steer well clear of the navel gazing snobbery of the wine world, with Mea Culpa we give over to passion, take an exceptional parcel of fruit and indulge in winemaking debauchery to create a uniquely expressive wine. This is not a wine that claims perfection, but a wine that delivers an expression of site, vintage and winemaking character. If indulging in your passion is a crime, then we are guilty as charged.


The 2017 Vintage was a long, slow and drawn out affair. Spring was cool and wet filling dams and feeding vineyards. The Summer months were ideal, with only a couple of hot days and lots of cool nights leading to strong flavour development and good tannin ripeness.Syrah was arguably the stand out variety for the region in 2017, boasting great colour and bags of white pepper spice.

A seductive breath of blackberry and raspberry leads you on to a wicked sensation of white pepper spice.

Remember picking berries as a kid, juice running down your chin, hands stained red? Now put it in a glass and gorge yourself on the intense flavours that glide across the palate, supported by bright, spicy notes to a smooth and satisfying afterglow.

Region Yarra Valley
Sub-Region Coldstream
Aspect North facing
Clones PT23 & 1654 planted in 1999
Pruning Method Spur pruned and shoot thinned
Harvest Date 18 March 2017
Harvest Analysis Be 13.5, TA 4.5, pH 3.69

Alc/Vol 14.0%
Cellaring 2 – 8 years
Vegan Friendly

2 days cold soak (5°C)
20% whole bunch ferment in the five tonne open fermenters
Hand plunged two or three times per day for seven days
Selected strain of Syrah yeast
Pressed gently to tank for malolactic fermentation
18 months maturation in French Oak
20% new barriques (Dargaud and Jaegle)
80% in two and three year old French oak
Minimal fining and filtration
Bottled in January 2019

Delivery Information


Zone (defined by postcode) Fastway AusPost
Melbourne/Yarra Valley $16.00 $12.00
Albury/NE Victoria $12.00 $15.00
Sydney, ACT $12.00 $20.00
NSW, VIC Country $16.00 $22.00
Adelaide, Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast $16.00 $16.00
QLD Country $16.00 $28.00
Tasmania, Perth $25.00 $30.00
SA Country $30.00 $30.00
NT, Country WA $59.00 $36.00

Delivery ETA: 3 to 10 business days pending postcodes