Block 16 Syrah
Block Highlight Series
Aged 16 months in 25% new French oak.
This comes from the highest planting on WeatherEye, a small north-facing, 1-meter by 2-meter block. It has immediately distinguished itself from the Red Mountain side and shows a great complexity.
Black mountain fruits, high-toned flower notes and cured meats. Hints of citrus. Deep ebony notes on the palate, lightened by bright acidity glinting like sapphire.
Palate is deep, complex of dark fruit and damp earth, asphalt with hints of crushed rose.
Broad, deeply compelling with a floral levity. There's something of the patisserie here: compote of berries - dark chocolate tart - candied lavender.
Think: Embers of a recently doused flame. Density - depth.
2022 - 2033
$180 / 3-pack
Scores & Reviews
Fruit for this wine comes from the highest block currently planted on Red Mountain, north facing at the top of the ridge, outside the AVA boundaries. Aged in 25% new French oak, it's the most brooding of the winery's inaugural releases, with notes of dried herb, blackberry, coffee and clove. It's dazzling in its intensity and layering, saturating the palate from end to end while still showing fleetness of foot. Packed full of tannin and acid, it absolutely sails on the finish. The balance is exquisite. Best after 2025.
- Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
The ‘Block 16’ at the WeatherEye Vineyard is the highest planting at this site. North-facing, it is incredibly tightly spaced unlike any site on Red Mountain. A glass-staining purple, this opens with violets and smoked brisket alongside shades of boysenberry liquor and dried Provencale herbs that all meld in the glass. The palate is plush, showing a good depth and concentration but also a seamless texture. Ripe dark fruits mingle with smoky and dried herbal tones on the palate. The combination of bright acidity and texture brings you back to the glass for more enjoyment. Sensational now in its youth, this silky wine has a long life ahead of it. Drink 2020-2032.
- Owen Bargreen