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2018 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

Alc/Vol: 14.0%

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: Warm spring in 2017 with solid rains providing excellent flowering and fruit set conditions as well as setting up large healthy canopies. February was cool and then it warmed right up through the latter part of the growing season which lead to uniform bunches of great colour and fruit intensity with no disease pressure.

  • Sub-Region Coldstream and Gruyere
  • Clones PT23 & 1654 planted in 1999
  • Pruning Method Spur pruned and shoot thinned
  • Harvest Date 15 March 2018
  • Harvest Analysis Coldstream Be 13.9, TA 4.5 pH 3.8, Gruyere Be 12.7, TA 5.1, pH 3.4
  • 2 days cold soak
  • 10% 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
  • 25% new oak (French Puncheons – Taransaud)
  • 25% in two and three year old French oak
  • Minimal fining and filtration
  • Bottled in February 2020
  • Vegan-friendly



2 Awards

  1. 2020 Perth Royal Wine Awards

    04/09/2020 Bronze Medal

  2. 2020 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

    03/12/2020 Bronze Medal

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