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Empire of Dirt, Syrah 2020

£19.50

  • Type:

    Red

  • Grape:

    Syrah/Shiraz

  • Country:

    Australia

  • Grape Blend:

    100% Syrah/Shiraz

  • Region:

    Victoria

  • Winemaker:

    Rivar Meyer

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Description

Smooth and juicy, with supple tannins and a lively acidity that balances it out perfectly. You’d be forgiven for thinking this comes from the Northern Rhone, there is a real sophistication to the winemaking which at this price makes this an absolute gem.

  • Production Notes
  • Producer
  • Critics Reviews

The grapes are handpicked and undergo spontaneous fermentation with a mix of 50% whole bunch and 50% de-stemmed fruit. The wine then matures for 6 months in old oak barrels. Wines are bottled without fining or filtration and with just a small addition of SO2.

Rivar Meyer comes from a long line of winemakers, dating back 400 years in the Württemberg region of Germany. His father Timo was the first to look further afield in his winemaking pursuits and landed in the Yarra Valley with American wife Rhonda, launching his eponymous label in 2000.

Customer Reviews

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Julius Brookman
One of Good Wine Shop’s best kept secrets!

I am in two minds about reviewing this because everyone will know it is such an incredible wine! Think of an Australian attempt at a Northern Rhône and, unusually, the vineyard has chosen to market it as a Syrah rather than a more traditionally termed Shiraz. There are notes of fruit and pepper (in equal measure) on the nose. The complexity of the wine on the palate is akin to a flavour riot with the pepper competing against the fruit and the final outcome being a beautifully balanced combination of both and a lingering complex and complicated finish. Thoroughly good value and highly recommended. Having tried a number of excellent wines from the Good Wine Shop this is a definite favourite particularly at £19.50. It fared well in a tasting with friends especially against a much more expensive Californian.