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2020 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 exceptional parcels 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.

Region: Yarra Valley (Coldstream sub-region)

Clones: PT23 & 1654 planted in 1999

Alc/Vol: 14.5%

Tastes like: 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.

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



Wine making: Late 2019 saw quite wet conditions that persisted through to December which was dry and warm. During January and February 2020 the rain started again bringing cause for concern until it broke in early March. The remainder of the season was ideal for Syrah providing powerful fruit intensity with no disease pressure.

  • 2 days cold soaked
  • 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
  • 12 months maturation in French Oak
  • 20% new oak (French Puncheons – Taransaud)
  • 25% in two and three year old French oak
  • Minimal fining and filtration
  • Bottled in March 2022
  • Vegan-friendly



Delivery Information

All our products are shipped from Milawa, VIC.

 Delivery ETA: 3 to 10 business days pending postcodes.

Zone (defined by postcode) Australia Post
Albury/ VIC Country $15.00
Melbourne $12.00
Sydney, ACT $16.00
NSW Country $16.00
Adelaide, Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast $16.00
QLD / SA Country $20.00
Tasmania $25.00
Perth, Country WA $20.00
NT $36.00