Reserve Cuvée Ellen
I certainly haven’t overused the word Reserve on my labels, thinking it should be the best wines from the best lots of the best vineyards in the best years. So this is my first Reserve Syrah since 2007 and I’ve decided that it should carry the Cuvée Ellen designation I’ve used for wine, so as to match the status of the Grandfather’s cuvee. This wine comes from the first “Estate” year and is based on the block planted with the 877 clone of Syrah. This is a great clone, beset with virus issues and problematic to farm as it requires much more hand work due to its high yielding nature, but with lots of care, it has outstanding quality. This wine is from the best 5 barrels and is the best Syrah I could make in 2012. I took some to Australia in Spring and dad called a few months later to tell me it was the best wine I’ve ever made. I expect it to age in the same manner as my other Reserve Syrahs which have all been based on fruit from this vineyard and the ’02 is still outstanding!