Variety: Syrah (Shiraz)
Country, Region: Australia, Heathcote
' Emily and Nick’s own label, named after 14th century theologian William of Occam’s philosophy of “less is more”, with a stylised “ < less than” symbol on the label, very applicable to our minimal intervention winemaking methodology. Once again we have sourced grapes from Colbinabbin, mid-north of the Heathcote region and blended together with a parcel of Heathcote fruit from further south west. Going forward with the Occam’s label we aim for continuity with these vineyards into the future. We closely watched ripening and harvested early to capture a great fresh feel. Dark crimson colour, forward spicy fruit with a raspberry and cream finish. Delicious, enjoy it now. 1-by-1 branded cork-taint-free cork sealed, 15.0% alcohol' Emily McNally.
'An extreme shiraz that somehow manages to marry very dense black plum and blackberry fruit with a slew of wild herb freshness. The huge tannic depth and concentrated fruit fit remarkably well together, the finish long and driving. Drink or hold.' 94 points, James Suckling.com, October 2022
'Whether it’s down to this very special rift of dirt or not, these wines are simply incredible.' Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate.
'the best nebbiolo I’ve found outside Piedmont.' David Williams, The Guardian, April 2019.
Established in 1975 by Ron and Elva Laughton, Jasper Hill producers some of Australia’s most compelling and sought after wines. Located at Heathcote in Central Victoria on ancient Cambrian soils-deep, red coloured, well drained gravely loams on undulating hillsides. These support low-vigour vine growth without the need for supplementary irrigation.
The wines are produced entirely on the estate using organic and biodynamic principles. Inter row mulching and self made organic compost is used to improve soil organic matter. This allows greater bio-diversity in micro flora and fauna, supporting large earthworm populations beneficial for natural soil fertility. Following these principles no synthetic chemicals have ever been applied to the soils or vines. Vines are grown on un-grafted root-stock and non irrigated, expressing flavours and characteristics natural to their variety and terroir. Grown at elevations of 1000 feet the vines benefit from warm days but cool nights, imperative for natural acid retention and structure. None of the wines from Jasper Hill vineyards has even been acid adjusted at any stage. These are natural wines of striking purity. With 35 vintages to their credit, these wines have a long established record for ageing gracefully with careful cellaring.