Alain Graillot

Heathcote Syrah

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750 ml (Standard)



100% Shiraz




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13.00% alc vol Sugar g/l: N/A
Type: Red Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs+
Origin: Central Victoria Appellation: Heathcote

Tasting Notes:

Elegant structure, restraint and balance are the hallmarks of this Syrah that shows wild red berries, ink and crushed fresh herbs on the nose with a hint of graphite typical of the region. Textured raspberry and blackberry that is more Pinot Noir than Syrah greets you on the palate along with a sublime ultra-fine tannin structure.


Red Cherry
Red Cherry

Crushed Herbs
Crushed Herbs


Some believe Alain Graillot to be the king of Crozes-Hermitage, one of true homes of Syrah/Shiraz in the world. It is wines from Alain that has seen 'Crozes' quickly close the gap in perceived quality between 'Crozes' and Hermitage itself. With this wine and his No 2, he brings his expertise to Australia and more specifically an east facing slope in a Colbinabbin vineyard in Heathcote.

Although both this and Syrah No 2 come from the same, 3.3 hectare vineyard (dubbed the “Clos Graillot”), the Graillot Syrah tends to come from the top of the block while the Syrah No 2 typically comes from the fruit further down the slope. Ultimately however, both of these wines result from a barrel selection and for the Graillot we are aiming to produce the most pure, perfumed, elegant yet intense wine possible; a wine of great finesse and yet with excellent aging potential.

Handpicked, a combination of whole bunch and destemmed fruit was transferred to open top fermenters of various sizes (from one tonne ‘flower pots’ to four tonne fermenters). It was then pressed off to large format, older wood for ageing for 13 months.

No new oak was used in the ageing. It contained around 50% whole bunches, although the aim is certainly not to have any ‘stems’ character. Instead, we hope to utilise the finesse, structure and perfume that whole bunches can bring. It’s a wine that is now starting to open.

Food pairing

Grilled or roast beef especially served rare or with a pepper sauce.

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