2016 Cobaw Ridge Syrah
Great site, lovingly (biodynamically) tended. Idiosyncratic and original, expressive wines (in the best possible sense). Syrah from here is always really savoury and typically really compelling, ‘un-Australian’ in its earth and bloody/gamey characters, broad, savoury weave of tannins, and there’s no disappointment here. A stellar release, loaded with perfume, all pot pourri, undergrowth, black pepper, crushed rock and some raspberry and plummy notes in there too. The palate reflects the bouquet well, medium weight here, supple in texture but those tannins, lacy, chalky, faintly tarry in that way of nebbiolo, do a wonderful job of shape, form and keeping things fresh and long with each sip. It’s really beautiful syrah, delicious from the get-go but weaving in so much detail and interest. A humdinger from 2016. Drink 2020 - 2032.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (August 2020)