"The first thing that came to mind when I put my nose near this Heathcote syrah was concrete. I’m not sure that concrete really has a smell, or not dry concrete anyway, but nonetheless I scurried over to the tech sheet to see if concrete was involved. The wine was fermented in steel and concrete tank before going into large, neutral oak. It saw 100% whole bunches but it’s not overtly stemmy. The home of Place of Changing Winds is in the Macedon region; this syrah is from purchased grapes grown at Colbinabbin in Heathcote. It’s the 10th shiraz release (formerly known as Graillot). It’s the second release to be made entirely in the Place of Changing Winds cellar.
It’s an incredibly fresh wine, both in style and in presentation. It’s juicy and refreshing, and for that alone it feels very different to the Heathcote norm. Intricate, lacy, fine-grained, grapey; all these words apply. Cherry, plum, sultana and boysenberry are all evident, as is earth, sweet spice, tobacco, meat and stem. It’s a wine with many positive but its best aspect is its finish, which curls out like smoke rising from an intensely defined source. We’re in good days now but better days yet are ahead. This is an elegant, intricate, filigreed delight." 94+pts Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
"Succulent red treading deeply into savoury territory, leads with game meat, charcuterie, clove-cinnamon spice characters and doubles that through the palate with the laid back sluice of red cherry, dried raspberry and light smoky-granitic notes. Good length here, impressive web of fine, lacy tannins, impressive texturally and generally as a presence in the palate. Wonderful drinking." 94pts Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"This wine is a product of a long running collab with Alain and Maxime Graillot, initially made by Luke Lambert, and is where Rob Walters began his wine producing journey. Today it's the team at Place of Changing Winds who make the wine. There's an amazing elegance to the palate, which is soft and smooth, without being jammy. It's a ripe, luxurious wine showing great promise, with a hint of meat and pepper savouriness alongside the ripe fruit. There's a sleek ripe side to the wine but also some good definition and focus. Very fine, doing a really difficult job of balancing ripeness and freshness really well."94pts Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
"..This is an elegant, intricate, filigreed delight." 94+pts Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
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