The guys at Xabregas are pretty serious about Shiraz... or Syrah as they prefer to call it. This is fine by me as Shiraz is one of my all time favourite varieties. So when Xabregas told me they were sending over there two new, single vineyard Syrah's that show the different characteristics of two different vineyard locations within the Mount Barker region I was excited to try them side by side.
First we will start with the Spencer Syrah which had a vibrant colour of ruby, cherry and blood red like tones. A rather unique aroma that was unlike any other Shiraz I could recall reminded me of savoury and wood-like notes that was very pleasant. To drink it really benefited from 30+ minutes in a decanter and its flavours are in rather neutral territory between fruity and savoury. I can tell this wine will benefit greatly from further ageing.
On to the Figtree Syrah and the first difference I noticed was the colour. It had a far more noticeable purple tinge to it than any shades of red. To that effect it reminded me of many of the great Canberra districts Shiraz wines I'd enjoyed over the years. Its aroma had some floral and spicy notes and to drink it was noticeably smoother, softer and more enjoyable than the Spencer at this point in time.
To appreciate what Xabregas are wanting to demonstrate here you really do, and need to try them one after the other.
Xabregas X by Xabregas 2010 Spencer and Figtree Syrah's
Price - $50 rrp or $288 per six pack at Xabregas Online
Region - Mount Barker, Western Australia
Final Sip - Both well made wines that fans of cool climate Shiraz are sure to enjoy. For me, Spencer is the wine to put in the cellar, whereas Figtree is drinking perfectly fine now, but will also improve with age.