Sam Coverdale’s Even Keel started out with the intent to create drinkable, balanced and elegant wines. The Canberra Region takes in the vineyards that are just over the border into New South Wales proper. These grapes sourced from the Fisher and McKenzie vineyards. The wine was matured predominantly in older, seasoned oak and bottled unfined or unfiltered.
Even Keel, Syrah, Canberra Region, 2016
A lifted aroamtic wine that has bigger pinot noir influences on the nose, including raspberry and dark cherry fruit, a forest floor vegetal character and citrusy highlights. Ultimately it is shiraz (syrah) with plums, blue fruit and pepper tones underscored by an inky, quinine bitterness. Pretty and jubey flavours, this dances silkily and lightly across the palate with darker plum sauce fruit flavours. It carries a slightly soupy texture with a nutty finish, but ultimately it is a charming rogue of a wine.
Wine sample courtesy of Even Keel by Polperro