Sutton Grange Estate Syrah Ram's Horn
This 2007 vintage shiraz is made in the trendy vein of using whole bunches in the ferment and creating savoury edges to the style. It still has a fair bit of fruit though with plenty of red and black berried smells and flavours, together with spice and florals. The palate is full to medium-bodied with a sweet fruit centre, sleek tannins, and a fine, elongated finish. A very good food wine with richer red meat dishes.
Dark and intense colour with purple hue. Limpidity is medium. Very good intensity, the first approach is quite reductive, opening up to more fruit, spice ,floral, and animal notes. After aeration the nose evolves towards more fruit and floral(iris), with more spice(vanilla, whisky lactones). Attack is rich, and the textural impression shows good concentration, a strong structure with good volume. The savour seems almost sweet, but balanced by gentle acidity, and the very fine grain tannin. The tannin are quite intense but very soft and long. The aromas are moving towards the fruit spectrum (blackberry, black currant) and some dark flowers (violette). The Ram's Horn is a cooler block, allowing more maturation of polyphenols, and the tannin finesse of this wine is demonstrating that particular point. Very fresh after 5 years, this 2007 will age very well, and for the present time will match some game dishes with ease. This is the first release of this single block wine, The Ram's Horn.