VINEYARD: Malakoff, Landsborough (Pyrenees) Victoria
WINEMAKING: Single vineyard red field blend of Syrah (57%) and Nebbiolo (43%).
Syrah – hand-picked in two lots (late March and early April). The early picked fruit was split in to two batches, the first being 100% whole berries the other 100% whole bunches (three weeks carbonic maceration). The later picked fruit was fermented with 100% whole bunches with three weeks carbonic maceration.
Nebbiolo – hand-picked in late April. 100% whole berry fermentation with 4 months extended maceration on skins.
All components received 12 months élevage in French oak barriques prior to bending.
TASTING NOTE: Garnet in colour, this charismatic wine displays aromas of fennel seed, wild raspberry and red cherry. The palate is light, spicy and structural, woven with juicy berries, mocha and liquorice. A web of fine tannins carry through the savoury finish.
PEAK DRINKING: Present - 2025+
TA: 6.42 g/L
165 dozen produced
2017 Fetherston 'Sakura' Syrah Nebbiolo
'Red, sour and black cherry fruit is encased in a fine but relentless web of tannins. It's a style that comes alight with food.'
- James Halliday, Wine Companion
'It’s a light, spicy, structural wine with juicy berry flavours and infusions of mocha and dry licorice. If that doesn’t sound overly savoury then let me correct the impression: this is a savoury, frisky red, the palate built more on acid and tannin than it is on fruit.'
- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front