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Empire of Dirt, Syrah 2020
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.
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.