2023 Big Bird Adelaide Hills Syrah

$210.00 inc GST

The Wine

6 x 750ml bottles

Tasting Notes
The 2023 Big Bird Syrah was grown on a mature vineyard near Echunga in the Adelaide Hills. It is the only wine that we have made that has not been grown in Tasmania. In truth we were seduced by the refined spicy nature of the fruit on this low yielding vineyard. The 2023 growing season in the Adelaide Hills was unusually very cool requiring every bit of vine energy to ripen the grapes which hand picked on the 20th April.

We made the wine in the same way we would make Pinot Noir. 30% whole bunches were retained for natural fermentation in an open fermenter. After basket pressing the wine remained in seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months.

In keeping with the nature of the vineyard this is a refined, vibrant expression of Syrah, with black pepper spice, cherry fruit and supple tannin. It is exuberant and enjoyable now with the structure and balance to age well.


The Chardonnay and Pinot vineyard patches selected by Dawson James were planted in 1989. Consequently vine-age plays an important part in the development of flavour and the balance of the fruit.