Bobar Syrah, 2018, Yarra Valley, Australia
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Bobar is a name not easily forgotten, nay, is one to remember! Their Syrah is grown on a classic Yarra Valley floor site – half-way up the northeast face of an exposed hill with good drainage and excellent exposure to the morning sun. However, Tom and Sally use Syrah to make a Pinot Noir style wine. Bonkers, right? The flavours of farmed fruit (think strawberries, and cherries), come to the fore from first to the last mouthful. Basic winemaking methods, to produce natural, unrefined flavours, makes for rustic, characterful wine. How quaint!
Making wines simply and sustainably is at the heart of this quaint, and equally rather bold vineyard, hidden away in the Yarra Valley. Tom and Sally Belford are pioneers of the natural wine movement, and with the only exception of a little gas at bottling, nothing is added to their wine. Using fruit from their own vineyards and selected sites from across the valley, their gentle, lo-fi wines have developed quite a cult following! Like we love to express the eccentricity and brilliance of our winemakers, Bobar wines express the place where they grow their grapes, and the sheer pleasure they take in their craft.