Margaret River Syrah is noteworthy because of its fragrance and attractiveness in it’s youth. A rachis (Latin botanical term) is the stalk to which the individual berries are attached to. This cuvee is so named because of the inclusion of 1/3 whole bunches (rachis) in the cuvee. The rachis contributes perfumes, tannin and flavours additional to the grapes. The heart and soul of Rachis are fully mature old vines planted in 1978 in the cool south of Margaret River.
'Stalky and slightly chlorinated floral perfume, spice, ripe raspberry and blackcurrant, pepper and spice. Medium bodied, meaty and spicy, firm bones here with acidity and tannin lending a strict feel, though the red fruits and spice soften it, and the finish is dry and lightly chalky. Good makings of savoury Shiraz here. Needs a few more months to settle into bottle, I’d say.'
93 points - Gary Walsh, winefrontcom.au