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2017 Momento Mori The Incline
From Dane: 2017 seems to be the gift that keeps on giving for us. I’ll try not to bang on repeatedly too much about how good it was but, that coupled with the fact I’ve now had a few years to hone this wine stylistically to where I want it to be has culminated into this incredibly expressive beauty.
The fruit was grown by the Chalmers family on the Mt Camel Ranges in Northern Heathcote. The Cambrian soils are made up of decomposed Ironstone, Dolerite, Jasper and Green Basalt and the vines are farmed organically. This year’s offering consists of 90% Syrah & 10% Nosiola (co-fermented).
The Syrah variety is called Paiko Selection and is somewhat of an anomaly as it Is grown on it’s own rootstock. The vines are young, which I think helps give the fruit it’s vibrancy and freshness. The Nosiola as well... The Nosiola, of which there are just 3 rows planted in the same vineyard. It wasn’t a light decision to incorporate 10% of that precious fruit into this cuvee but am glad we did! It gives lift and acidity but also brings another ethereal dimension altogether.
This is (intentionally) a very un-Australian Syrah. Its light, vibrant and complex and has loads of crunchy blue and red fruit. It also has amazing depth with mouth- watering acidity and freshness that is on another level! 93 cases made.