Symphony Hill Wines 2018 Reserve Saperavi

One of the few grapes that has red/pink flesh and together with very dark skins results in the reputation of ‘The Inky Grape of Georgia’. The fruit for this wine was sourced from Riverlands, east of the Barossa Valley in SA. The wine was made in the Symphony Hill Winery on Eukey Road, Ballandean. So wine from warm climate fruit made in a cool climate winery and it begins with an often encountered cooler climate characteristic – only 13.5% alcohol by volume which is a good thing for many of us!2018 saperavi

Consistent with the grapes reputation and it’s coloured flesh this wine is an inky black in the glass and somewhat muted garnets where it’s pulled upwards by forces at the meniscus. The bouquet is plush with dark berries and some purple fruits, a little vanillin oak, some spice entwined in dark chocolate and old leathery wafts together with some smoked charcuterie.

On the extended and soft/smooth tannin palate there are conjoined blackberries and mulberries floating atop some darker plums. Vanilla and ground coffee emerge a little later and lead into a slight earthiness piqued with some mixed spice. The acid is well judged and will sustain this wine in your cellar.

The complexity of the wine handled a roast topside from Stanthorpe’s organic butcher Boss Meats with ease and a high enjoyability factor. There is no rush to consume this wine which is labelled Organic and Vegan Friendly. I’d be inclined to give it a few more years to develop further complexity which I’m confident will emerge.

Tasted: Sunday 11th April, 2021 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $65
Suggested Drinking Window: 2019 to 2028
Winemaker: Mike Hayes
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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