2017 Millton Libiamo Amphora Syrah

2017 Millton Libiamo Amphora Syrah

Looking at wines from the very old world we chose to produce this red wine in the ancient style. Long chained tannins assist in keeping this wine fresh in a biological way; that being the natural phenolic structure fends off oxygen thereby leaving little need for chemical interference.  With Love and Gratitude. Libiamo! Let’s drink!

This is the first “on-skins”wine we have grown from Syrah.  

The grapes were grown at Opou Vineyard where our first grapes were planted in 1969 This block of Syrah was planted in 2012 and is an old collection from Baileys in Australia. The grapes are hand harvest and de-stemmed before being bucketed into the 500L amphorae.   Here the fruit sits and assimilates its origins and the surrounding resonance of the persons who care for it. Nothing is added; No temperature control. No yeasts.

Fermentation is assisted by careful mixing of the grapes and their juices. When the vigour has settled the amphorae are sealed for the considered 200 days when we open the vessels and press the grapes. A little time is allowed for the solids to settle and then, at bottling time, a tiny amount of sulphur dioxide is added to allow the wine to travel and age without biological disfigurement. Closed with natural cork, because we prefer it this way, it also adds to the five phenolics of taste, and upon opening makes a sound which is less heard of in these modern times and still makes your mouth water...

Notes from the Winemaker:

This wine is deep and brooding yet has a delicacy riding over the robustness of dry tannin. These long chained tannin give a very long textured pucker and a drying finish. It is cloudy from natural sediments, and smells very clearly of its origins in terms of place and fruit. The taste is long and intense. Once opened, this wine will last, even improve, for a number of days afterwards, so take your time, savour and drink in moderation. Handmade..

  • BioGro Certified Organic since 1989
  • Demeter Certified Biodynamic
  • Grown and bottled on the Property.
  • Dry farmed
  • Contains no animal products

Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l   

pH: 3.86

Alcohol: 12.6% Vol   

Free Sulphites: 6mg/L

Sugar: 0.0 g/l

Skin Contact: 200 days

Harvest Date: 10th April 2017

Bottled:  26th February 2018