Bird on a Wire

Yarra Valley Syrah

9.28 ratings
9.12 pro ratings
Yarra Valley, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Stuart Robinson

BoaW

Aug 15th, 2014
Casey @ Travelling Corkscrew

Do you prefer Shiraz or Syrah? Or maybe a bit of both like me 🙂 Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape variety however the different terms are used to help describe the style of the wine.

Typically ‘Shiraz’ is used for those rich, fruit forward wines, while Syrah is leaning more towards a French style which is elegant and refined. It is up to each producer which name they want to use.

Bird on a Wire from the Yarra Valley decided to use the term Syrah for this 2016 vintage. The vines grow on a steep slope and are 19 years of age. The fruit is handpicked come harvest time and the juice is matured in new French oak.

Only 250 dozen were made of this Yarra Valley Syrah and it retails for $40. I do love the sound of the food matches which were on the tasting note for this one:

Roast beef, ratatouille and paris mash or a delicious washed rind cheese.

For the wine geeks out there, you may enjoy a few more tidbits from what happened during the making of this wine:

10% whole bunch – inoculated and saturated with CO2. Pressed after 2 weeks.
50% whole bunch crush on skins for 17 days
20% whole berry – fruit destemmed. Plunged and pumped over for 12 days.
20% crushed and destemmed – pump over conducted per day over 12 days.
So enough about the wine, let’s get to sipping it hey? Here are my notes:

In the glass it’s a deep red-purple colour. The nose makes us think of black and red berry fruits with a hint of leather and spice. It smells of elegance. In the mouth it’s super velvety with a lick of anise in amongst dark fruits. Delicate, elegant and smooth. A Syrah for Pinot Noir lovers in my opinion. We matched it with some slow cooked beef chilli con carne, it went down well.

This wine was sent to me direct from the winery as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy

Do you prefer Shiraz or Syrah? Or maybe a bit of both like me 🙂 Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape variety however the different terms are used to help describe the style of the wine.

Typically ‘Shiraz’ is used for those rich, fruit forward wines, while Syrah is leaning more towards a French style which is elegant and refined. It is up to each producer which name they want to use.

Bird on a Wire from the Yarra Valley decided to use the term Syrah for this 2016 vintage. The vines grow on a steep slope and are 19 years of age. The fruit is handpicked come harvest time and the juice is matured in new French oak.

Only 250 dozen were made of this Yarra Valley Syrah and it retails for $40. I do love the sound of the food matches which were on the tasting note for this one:

Roast beef, ratatouille and paris mash or a delicious washed rind cheese.

For the wine geeks out there, you may enjoy a few more tidbits from what happened during the making of this wine:

10% whole bunch – inoculated and saturated with CO2. Pressed after 2 weeks.
50% whole bunch crush on skins for 17 days
20% whole berry – fruit destemmed. Plunged and pumped over for 12 days.
20% crushed and destemmed – pump over conducted per day over 12 days.
So enough about the wine, let’s get to sipping it hey? Here are my notes:

In the glass it’s a deep red-purple colour. The nose makes us think of black and red berry fruits with a hint of leather and spice. It smells of elegance. In the mouth it’s super velvety with a lick of anise in amongst dark fruits. Delicate, elegant and smooth. A Syrah for Pinot Noir lovers in my opinion. We matched it with some slow cooked beef chilli con carne, it went down well.

This wine was sent to me direct from the winery as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy

Jun 30th, 2019
Scotscowgirl

Lucious wine full of ripe blackberries. Not overly spiced and exceptionally smooth. Perfect with a simple filler steak followed by cheese.

Lucious wine full of ripe blackberries. Not overly spiced and exceptionally smooth. Perfect with a simple filler steak followed by cheese.

Jan 10th, 2016
CK Vong

2012. So what's happening at yarra valley? Good to know some winemakers there despise fat wine. This is an elegant one, good structure but not stressful, not jammy fruity yet the tannin is way too harsh. Maker expects the wine to benefit from aging but she employs screw cap. Fun world. Drink.

2012. So what's happening at yarra valley? Good to know some winemakers there despise fat wine. This is an elegant one, good structure but not stressful, not jammy fruity yet the tannin is way too harsh. Maker expects the wine to benefit from aging but she employs screw cap. Fun world. Drink.

Nov 13th, 2014
David O'Brien

Great wine

Great wine

Dec 6th, 2013
Johnno Harris

Johnno had this 2 years ago

Johnno had this 2 years ago

Nov 11th, 2018
Jenny🌈

Jenny🌈 had this 9 months ago

Jenny🌈 had this 9 months ago

Feb 28th, 2020
Petrina Soh

Petrina had this 2 years ago

Petrina had this 2 years ago

Feb 22nd, 2019
Johnno Harris

Johnno had this 3 years ago

Johnno had this 3 years ago

Jul 2nd, 2017