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by John Anthony

Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley Victoria.

It was Elias and Colleen Jreissati’s dream to create an Australian winery that would produce exceptional French inspired wines, handcrafted without compromise. Their dream became a reality at Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, on the banks of the Yarra River – Levantine Hill.

Syrah 2014Levantine Hill Syrah 2014

I had the pleasure of re-visiting a favourite from this estate – a Levantine Hill Syrah.

Back in early 2014 I availed myself of their 2012 Syrah and anyone who remembers my review, will recall that I loved it.

A rose by any other name – the old world name of Syrah befits this fine winery far better than the modern label of Shiraz.

Now – down to business: The Syrah splashed into my glass revealing a rich red hue lighter than a full heavy Shiraz. The scents immediately radiated as I swirled my glass – both sweet and savoury aromas arose of Cherry Oak and spices. My first taste was great and gave me all the flavours I was expecting, but the subsequent mouthful I felt, was even more revealing of this quite complex wine with lots of character.

This is a wine that can be enjoyed today as well as cellared well into 10 years.

I don’t like drawing comparisons on vintages unless both are currently available to my readers, otherwise, what is the point! I can highly recommend this 2014 Syrah and suggest you enjoy it with Italian antipasto and cheeses.

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