Dry River winemaker, Wilco Lam comments:
Blood red with a vibrant purple hue that suggest brooding intensity and tightly bound flavours. Aromatically this 2013 Dry River Syrah is cool climate with its perfume of violets, black pepper and cinnamon spice. Adding to these flavours is a strong mineral streak, best described as summer rain on a gravel road, which we see as a mark of interest and complexity. Plusher notes of milk chocolate give the wine a degree of openness and comfort. The palate is mid-weight but with an extra degree of concentration from the quality of the harvest. The extra time in bottle before release has softened the tannins slightly but don’t be fooled by the underlying power of them, and therefore cellaring potential, of this wine.
We have designated this wine ‘Amaranth’ because we expect this wine to develop wonderful interest in the cellar.