The positive side-effect of Australia’s crash in wine sales was the huge drop in fruit prices that has allowed smaller producers to make great wines at very reasonable prices. This wonderful Syrah from Jamsheed is a case in point. It is a delicious, drinkable wine with serious structure and mid-term ageability for under $30. The wine, from Upper Goulurn (60%) the Yarra Valley (40%), tastes nothing like typical Australian ‘Shiraz’ but is clearly focused on the cooler climate aromas and structure possible for Syrah. This is probably the result of the approach: 80% whole cluster ferments, indigenous yeasts, aged in new and 500 litre puncheons.
The Harem series is Jamsheed’s entry level. They are all consistently great, especially for the price. The regular Jamsheed wines are waiting to be discovered and aged after exposure to these great wines through the Harem series. Jamsheed’s Garden Gully Syrah, for example, is made from vines planted in 1890 and is under $60 CDN. If only British Columbia fruit prices were brought down to the level of Australia and we might see more young, aspirational producers taking some risks and experimenting (more on that in future articles).
Drink this, it’s great. Especially with friends, a sirloin burger and a fire place. 13.2% ABV.
$28 + tax at BCLDB