Momento Mori - 2018 The Incline Syrah
New Zealander Dane Johns started his career in wine working for Bill Downie in Gippsland, later discovering a slew of organic growers working with Italian varieties. Fiano, Moscato Giallo and Nero d'Avola are some of the heavy hitters in the region. Small ferments, wild yeast, no new oak, no mechanical pumps, no fining, no filtration, no additions.
Notes from Dane:
"This wine has always been a special one for me. It was made as a homage to my dear old Nana who as a child was raised in a remote and very isolated coal mining settlement called Rewanui affectionately known as ‘Siberia’ due to its inhospitable nature. Rewanui was home to a handful of huts which housed the miners and their families. The children of whom used to ride atop the coal wagons to reach the closest town which was 7 km’s away to attend school, the only alternative to which was to walk down a bush track.
This is (intentionally) a very un-Australian Syrah. It's light (for Syrah), vibrant and complex, and has loads of crunchy blue and red fruit. It also has amazing depth with mouth-watering acidity and freshness that is on another level. No SO2 at any stage. No additions. Bottled by gravity. 155 cases made"
Variety Syrah || Region Heathcote, VIC || ABV 12% || Vol 750ml