Always served last of the trio of soil-specific Syrahs from the Mullineux, Iron is the most shuttered, dense and backward wine, or, if you prefer, the most Cornas-like. Compact, chewy and made to age, but there’s a lot of charm below the tannic carapace. Ferrous and dark, with damson and black fig intensity. 2024-32
96/100 Tim Atkin MW
Grapes for the ‘Iron’ Syrah are sourced from a single parcel of 19-year-old, organically-farmed, dry land bush vines on the rolling red clay and iron-rich soils west of Malmesbury. The soils are fast-draining, resulting in lower yields and smaller berries. This parcel of Syrah gives the best expression of the “koffieklip” soils – breadth and fullness on the mid-palate.
Grapes were first chilled in Mullineux’s cold room. The whole bunches were then put into open-top, 500-litre French oak barrels and crushed by foot to release some juice. Minimal SO2 was added, and, as with all their wines, no further additions were made. After about four days, fermentation began with indigenous yeasts and lasted about 10 days. The cap was manually punched down once a day before, during and after fermentation. Following a further four weeks of skin contact, the wine was drained and pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine spent 12 months ageing in 500-litre French oak barrels (25% new), followed by nine months in second fill Foudre. After a total of 21 months in barrel, it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
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