Jamsheed Harem La Syrah
Regular price $29.00
Winemaker: Gary Mills
Appellation: Yarra Valley, Australia
Grape Varieties: Syrah
The Harem range simply put is the second label for Jamsheed. It is a concept driven right back to the story of King Jamsheed and the discovery of wine through accidental trial and error. Harem is Gary’s way to experiment a bit with vineyards for future single vineyard programs. When Dr. Jamie Goode opines that "The less expensive Harem series deliver pure vinous pleasure", it's Le Syrah's kind of charm to which he is referring.
This is a blend of Upper Goulburn (60%) and Yarra Valley (40%) Syrah, fermented incorporating 80% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts, aged in new and older 500L puncheons and bottled unfined and unfiltered 8 months after picking. This is the most structured 'La Syrah' made to date, further stamping its credentials of impeccable value.
You’ll have to like the influence of whole bunches with this release. Green, herbal, briary, mezcal, it’s all there. Great texture, great aromas. Sniffs of black cherry, cola, wet earth, dusty spice cupboard, just a whiff of briar. In the palate, it’s a sweet then sour cavalcade of ripe fruit, madcap herbal things, pop of balsamic tang and finishes with a neat, dusty pucker.
Ancient writings tell an endearing tale of Jamsheed, a Persian king who was said to be able to see his kingdom in a cup of wine, and whose fondness for fresh grapes lead him to store them in jars over winter where they would inevitably spontaneously ferment and be set aside as ‘poison’.
One of King Jamsheed’s harem, despairing of frequent migraines, chooses to commit suicide by drinking from a poisoned jar. She wakes to find herself miraculously cured, informs her king who is most pleased and sets about making many jars of ‘poison’ and thus wine was discovered.
Gary Mills is the visionary, brains and hands behind Jamsheed. Originally born in Western Australia, Gary completed a Bachelor of Literature, before moving to Japan to study and work as an English teacher. Upon returning to Australia he had an epiphany during a brief stint as a Japanese speaking tour guide in Queensland, and began work in the vineyards of Margaret River.
His passion took him to the States for what started as a five week harvest intern at Ridge Vineyards in Santa Cruz and turned into a 2 year full time position under the tutelage of winemaker Paul Draper. From there Gary worked his way around California a bit and continued his journey to Oregon only to eventually head back home to Oz.
Jamsheed represents the past and future of creative wines from down under. These wines break the mold of conventional philosophy toward Aussie wines. Not because he is doing something abnormal, rather the opposite. Gary views terroir as the sole focus of his wines and the expression is the goal. This is certainly not a 'new' concept. Moreover, Gary strives for flavor, precision and balance in his wines...again, nothing new here.