2021 Place of Changing Winds Syrah No. 2
A blend of Heathcote and Harcourt fruit, 70% whole bunch, matured in a range of oak and concrete vessels for 16 months. Dense inky black heart with a deep bright dark purple red hue. Perfumed nose with scents of violets, red plum and red liquorice intermixing with clove, dried meats and pepper. Dryish finish with slightly grippy tannins imparting a grainy feel. Concludes with energetic acidity and an elegant medium length aftertaste that has some chew to it.
Cellar 5-6 years.
Good depth of red with a purple tint, and aromas of black berries, subtle herbs and spices, with a floral/violet note and a trace of iodine; the palate is full and rounded, with liberal drying tannins, the medicinal herbs chiming in again towards the finish and adding a cleansing note of bitterness. This should well reward a few years in the cellar.
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
The 2021 Harcourt and the Syrah No 2 wines are tasted side by side here today, and the context is incredibly useful in determining their similarities and differences. Firstly, these are both classy wines. Elegant, complex, spicy and seamlessly constructed, they are both a pleasure to drink. Structurally, and flavor wise, they are very different. Here, in the 2021 Syrah No 2, the tannins are far more grippy and pronounced. As a tannin lover, this is no problem for me. They are savory and lend weight and gravitas to the fruit. The fruit flavors that course across the tongue are darker, denser and less mineral than those in the Harcourt Syrah. This has notes of blood plum, cocoa, sweet tobacco, mulberry and blackberry. The aromas include a distinct sense of crunchy/crackling autumn leaves underfoot. This is an evocative wine—very smart. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under Diam. Drink 2023 - 2033.
Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of Heathcote and Harcourt fruit, brought to life in mostly old oak and concrete for 16 months, then to stainless before bottling. It’s 70% whole bunch or so.
While juicy and thick set it has a good deal of fruit, spice and herbal information, both perfume and palate does dark cherry, choc-mint, sage leaf, blood orange – with fine, firm, al dente tannin in the vein of nerello mascalese or similar. It’s a brooding and deep red, chewy and potent but with levity on its side. Charming in the moodier frame.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front