Castelli Empirica Syrah 750ml (Denmark, WA)
One of the most exciting wines ever made at Castelli. The Rhone Valley clone 470 is vastly different, aromatically and structurally to the standard Australian clones. An amazingly fragrant nose, coaxed along from whole bunch and co-fermentation that shows characters of spiced plums and nectarine with overlaid dark chocolate orange. The aromatic is a little beguiling as the palate carries deceptive weight and power throughout, with support from fine grained, savoury tannins. We have refrained from fining or filtering this wine so that it expresses raw beauty. With a wine of this structure you would expect it to age gracefully over the next 10-15 years.