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Producer: Larry CherubinoGrape Varieties: 100% SyrahOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Elegant full bodied spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Country: Australia
Black cherry aromas are enveloped in mineral notes and hints of oak spice, framed by a fine texture through to an elegant finish.
Named ‘Winery of the Year’ by James Halliday and Matt Skinner, Larry Cherubino wants his wines to be distinctive and to speak clearly of their variety and vineyard site. He believes in paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, canopy and water management, picking at the right time and minimal intervention in the winery. Larry also makes wine under the Laissez Faire label, an exquisite range of natural wines which are the ultimate expression of site, made in small batches from hand harvested grapes. From delicate whites to opulent reds, all his wines have pure class and finesse.
From Porongurup to Frankland River, conditions were excellent throughout the season. The winter and spring lead-up were dry which was eased by good rainfall in January, which brought much needed moisture for vine growth and yields. As a result the wines have great verve and freshness.
While inspiration has been taken from organics, biodynamics and natural winemaking practices, the Laissez Faire range could be called ‘natural wines’; Larry Cherubino likes to think of them as "post natural" wines. Believing in healthy and sustainable vineyard practices, Larry grows all his own grapes and can account for their provenance and natural status. While copper is allowed in organic viticulture, minimal copper treatments are used here. The grapes for this wine are grown in the subregions of Frankland River and Porongurup, in the Great Southern, which are considered to be two of the most distinctive viticulture areas in Australia.
Laissez Faire means "let it be" and this is reflected in the hands-off approach of winemaking. The grapes were hand-harvested, sorted and naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wine spent six months in four year old French oak, prior to bottling. As the name suggests, no additional acids, enzymes or yeasts were added during vinification.
A bouquet of black cherries is enveloped in subtle mineral nuances and supporting oak spice. Red flowery fruits flavours dominate, with subtle slate-like minerality following through onto the elegant palate, all framed by fine tannins through to a long finish.
Roasted game with lentils and a red wine jus.
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