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Sinapius (ex-Golders Vineyard)

4232 Bridport Road, Piper's Brook, 7254

Cellar Door: Thurs - Mon (11 - 4)

Ph: 0417 341 764

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This is a small 2 ha vineyard tucked away among the large commercial vineyards around Piper's Brook. Francis Richardson planted a hectare of Pinot Noir in 1989, but since 2005 it is owned by Vaughn Dell and Linda Morice.

It was formerly known as Golders Vineyard when ex-Clare Valley winemaker Richard Crabtree was in charge. The wines are an off-dry Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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The Sinapius cellar door (photo Kat for genxywines)
The Sinapius label (photo Kat for genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Sinapius Home Block Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($56)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, from the close planted estate vineyard with six clones, 100% malo, vibrant and moderately creamy yellow peach, tangerine, nectarine and lime with flint notes, long and linear palate with racy lemon rind acidity and spicy cashew French oak, fairly reserved (one third new) (*****)

Sinapius Home Black Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($56)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, 70% whole bunch, supple red cherry and plums with sliver of raspberry, rose petal florals, white pepper and obvious whole bunch herbalness and twiginess, foresty with slaty minerality, long and medium bodied with firm persistent chalky tannins and sappy acidity (****1/2)

Sinapius Clem Blanc 2016

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, eclectic unfined blend of 50% Riesling, 30% Gruner Veltliner, 15% Pinot Gris with tiny dashes of Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer, matured in old puncheons, rounded and slightly cheesy yellow peach and lime with musk, snow pea, pepper and rose petal notes, slaty with persistent chalky phenolics (****)

Sinapius Esme Rouge 2016

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, blend of 50% Gamay (debut for the winery) with 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meaner, the Gamay underwent carbonic maceration so comes across like a Beajalois (I just did a Beajalois expo a few days before), the Pinot components underwent minimal oak treatment in old puncheons to keep the style, floral and juicy redcurrant and strawberry with fennel and violet notes, mineral undertones and a good line, like Beajalois has to be drunk fresh (****)

Sinapius Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink:  2023

(GXY) Tasting: July 2016, 8 clones, 100% malo, rich and creamy lemon meringue and yellow peach with hints of pineapple, leesy with a tingly texture and vibrant grapefruit acidity, flinty minerality, the French oak is neatly integrated, quite focussed palate for a wine with so much going on (****1/2)  

Sinapius Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink:  2024

(GXY) Tasting: July 2016,  70% whole bunch, 30% whole berries, quite perfumed and elegant, red cherry and plum with a touch of raspberry sweetness and rose petal florals, forestry and medium bodied with fine savoury tannins and firm but sappy acid structure (****1/2)

Sinapius Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, whole bunch pressed, 30 gms/l residual sugar, six months on lees, reminiscent of off-dry Mosel Kabinett-style, highly aromatic showing red apple, yellow peach and tangerine with complex spice and jasmine notes, long with slight creamy leesiness leading to a wet pebble finish, very well judged balancing acidity (*****)

Sinapius Glenbothy Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, 75% whole bunch ferment, no fining or filtration, light and sinewy redcurrant and red cherry with musky and peppery spices, some anise and sage, sappy and herbal-edged acidity and fine tannins (***1//2)

Golders Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($28 at Barsac, St. Kilda)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2012, unfiltered, silky blackberry and boysenberry with dried sage, pepper and forest floor notes, medium bodied with fine grained tannin, a streak of minerality and good persistence, the spicy French oak also brings a touch of clove, lively mouth-feel from the tangy acidity without any green-ness (***1/2)

Golders Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Barsac, St. Kilda ($35)

Drink: 2009

(G) Tasting: April 2010, unfiltered, tangy strawberry and raspberry with sage and clove notes, silky and medium bodied with developed forest floor character and a taut minerally backbone, spicy French oak (****)

Golders Pinot Noir 2001

Purchased: Baron Cellars, Melb CBD ($20)

Drink: 2007

(G) Tasting: Aug 2006, lovely savoury black cherry and red currant fruits, medium bodied and has retained good fruit intensity alongside complex forest floor features, the tannins are rounded with bottle age and the acid is well balanced alongside toast oak features, wine-maker Richard Crabtree reckons this vintage is drinking at its best in 2007 (Group Average ****1/2)