The variety that unarguably seems to have captured our nation - and catapulted Australia onto the world wine scene. The incredibly noble Syrah, famous for it's cultivation in the Northern Rhone, it's exploits in the Barossa Valley - and even the United States! The ability for this variety to uniquely translate the site on which it's grown is remarkable. For years we have crafted Syrah for others, pre-Unico Zelo, we've been blessed to have come close to some of the most regarded Syrah and Shiraz in the country. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to test our creativity - and craft one for ourselves. Looking at our home-region, the Adelaide Hills - Syrah shows several expressions. From the alluvial quartz-shot soils in the North, the dense, clay-rich granitic soils of the central Hills - right down the the loamy ironstone soils of the southern Hills. We are not fortunate enough to receive the immense sunlight and exposure that is afforded to our neighbouring regions (Barossa, McLaren Vale) - and so have never truly succeeded in crafting Syrah wines of weight and density. Instead, we feel that Syrah's best-expressions of the Adelaide Hills are of an aromatic nature, unhindered by new oak - with a light, yet lingering palate-weight. Spiciness is the order of the day folks. Our challenge was to seek a Syrah that best expresses what the Adelaide Hills could offer. About the 2014:This hails from the southern Adelaide Hills - Echunga, on the edge of the very well-draining granitic soils. The vineyard, through the fastidious work of the owners has previously yielded fruit that has gone into the most celebrated Syrah wines the Adelaide Hills has ever seen. In the 2014 vintage, we were graciously afforded the opportunity to craft a one-off creative expression from this site - a single tonne of fruit to play with - 550 bottles crafted in all. 50% whole bunch, wild-fermentation, 20 day extended maceration and 15 month maturation in two old french barriques (for the geeks in the room) - yielded a highly aromatic, spice-driven Syrah with minimal density, yet not lacking concentration. Call this a bucket-list wine - an artful expression - and one for the vinous historian, the closet wine-geek and the innately curious.