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Syrahmi/Foster e Rocco

PO Box 438, Heathcote, 3523

Cellar Door: Not

Ph: 0407 057 471

Adam Foster is a former chef who caught the wine bug. He worked in the cellar door and then a winemaker in a variety of Northern Rhone and Australian Shiraz focussed wineries including Michel Chapoutier, Torbreck, Mitchelton and Jasper Hill.

Since 2004 he has utililised the Cambrian soils in the Heathcote to realise his vision of an elegant, savoury Rhone-style Shiraz. The wine comes from 2 different clones, is co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier in open fermenters and is not fined or filtered. The grapes are picked at under 14 degrees Baume to keep the region's notoriously high alcohol levels in check.

There is now a silky Mourvedre.

The Foster e Rocco brand is partnership between Adam and a sommelier friend, Lincoln Riley, based on Sangiovese (including in a dry, contemporary Rose form).

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)

New reviews

Foster e Rocco Rose 2016

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($22)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, 100% Sangiovese in various large format neutral oak vessels, salmon orange colour, leesy and savoury cherry and cranberry with a hint of campari and herbs, crunchy acid spine with powdery phenolics (****1/2)

Foster e Rocco Rose 2015

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($23)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, from 100% Sangiovese, bright salmon orang colour, dry and savoury with cherry and cranberry with hint of campari, spicy with some barrel ferment and lees texture, good persistence with refreshing minerally finish (****1/2)

Syrahmi†Heathcote Mourvedre 2013

Purchased:† Not ($34)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, 40% whole bunch inclusion, only plunged every few days to minimise extraction, floral and plush blueberry pie and black cherry with musk, iris and white pepper notes, medium bodied with an earthy undercurrent cranberry nuanced acidity and grainy but pliant tannin grip (****1/2)

Syrahmi Dreams Heathcote Shiraz 2014†

Purchased:† Not ($47)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, 80% whole bunch, perfumed and silky redcurrant and blueberry with white pepper, mint, lavender and sage notes, medium bodied with some herbal game aspects, minerally with mouth-filling chalky tannins and a touch of chocolate and clove from the oak (****1/2)

Syrahmi Demi†Heathcote Shiraz 2014†

Purchased:† Not ($25)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, partial whole bunch, aromatic and glossy blueberry and cranberry with anise, mint and lavender notes,† silky and slightly sweet core of medium bodied fruit, fresh style with restrained oak, good length and satiny tannins (****)

Foster e Rocco Nouvo Sangiovese 2014

Purchased:† Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, fresh unoaked style showing black cherries and cranberry with violet and herb notes, glossy and medium bodied with lively orange peel nuanced acidity and savoury chalky tannins (***1/2)

Syrahmi La La Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($130)

Drink: 2033+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2014, single barrel release only in best vintages, Adam's homage to Guigalís trio of super-premium Cote Roties (La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne), 100% whole bunch, 36 months in new French oak, no fining or filtering the aged in bottle for another 20 months, highly perfumed showing a vibrant core of pristine blueberry and redcurrant with complex asian spice, sage, mint and anise notes, minerally with understated power and concentration, savoury oak with smoked bacon notes, tightly linear with sheets of pliant tannins, this will keep unfolding for a couple of decades (*****)

Syrahmi Siren Heathcote Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2014, very good perfume, cranberry and black cherry with complex pepper, morroccan spices, mint, game and violet notes, silky and svelte medium bodied palate, lingering slinky tannins and very good persistence, vibrant wine that is still unfolding (****1/2)

Foster e Rocco Nouvo Sangiovese 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2014, unoaked, fresh black cherry, cranberry and strawberry with violet florals and black olive notes, medium bodied with firm, savoury chalky tannins and crunchy orange peel acidity (***1/2)

Foster e Rocco Rose 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 20014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, 100% Sangiovese-derived, portion fermented in old oak, salmon orange colour, snappy dry, savoury style showing cranberry and cherries with plenty of leesy texture and dusting of spice, persistent chalky phenolics and tight acid backbone (****)

Foster e Rocco Fiano 2011

Purchased: Armadale Cellars, Vic ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2013, moderately viscous nectarine, melon and dried apricots with some lanolin and almond notes, light savoury/ leesy nuances, chalky phenolics grip on the dry minerally finish, fresh acid drive cuts through the palate (****)

Syrahmi Heathcote Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Albert Park ($47)

Drink: 2017+

(G) Tasting: August 2012, this is from the Greenstone Vineyards, despite the general gloominess about reds from this vintage some winemakers have embraced the wet and† cold 2011 La Nina vintage in SE Australia as a rare opportunity to make cool climate European style Shiraz (Syrah),† Adam Foster has experienced a similarly challenging vintage in the Northern Rhone in 2002, I have tried this wine four times in the last couple of months and it is still changing as the palate weight is building up concentration from underneath the impact of the substantial whole bunch inclusion,† very aromatic and complex nose, textural and light-medium bodied palate with black cherry and cola flavours with sage, violet, parsnip, black pepper and liquorice notes, the back half also shows smoked savoury meat complexity and silky sherbert-edged tannins, the French oak is well balanced and brings a malt-coffee aspect to the finish, a very interesting and complex wine that our tasting group shared while munching over some of Adamís home-made salami,† a tad more palate concentration (to a medium bodied wine) would have lifted this to a 5 star wine (****1/2)

Foster e Rocco Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, Sangiovese based, portion fermented in old oak, salmon orange colour, off-dry and savoury cranberry, cherry and strawberry with leesy texture and spice, persistent chalky phenolics (****)

Syrahmi Heathcote Mourvedre 2010

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2011, silky, supple and plump dark plum and blueberry pie with anise and pepper notes, medium-full bodied with well judged cinnamon/clove/cedar oak and dusty tannins (****)

Syrahmi Climat Heathcote Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, first release from a new densely planted vineyard on pre-Cambrian and Greenstone soils located 45 km north of the town of Heathcote, unfined but silky black cherry and raspberry with savoury smoked meat aspects, pepper and Asian spices, minerally and medium bodied palate, some stemmy acidity from significant whole bunch inclusion, supple fine grained tannins with well integrated spicy French oak that also brings a touch of bacon, richly textured wine, will be interesting to track future releases as the vines age (****)

Foster e Rocco Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, Sangiovese derived, salmon orange colour, dry, savoury cherry and garden herbs, builds weight and complexity along palate, sour cherry and chalky mineral finish, handsomely textured and balanced food wine (****)

Foster e Rocco Nouvo Sangiovese 2010

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2010, this is the first release of their early drinking unoaked, low sulphur Sangiovese, basically itís unadulterated juicy sour cherry, blueberry and dried herb fruit, some chewy savoury tannins give structure to the back end, long and quite satisfying for an unoaked red (***1/2)

Foster e Rocco Rose 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2009, salmon orange colour, derived from Sangiovese, dry and savoury cherry with a light dusting of spice, backbone of chalky minerality, focussed and balanced with fresh acids and good length (****)

Syrahmi Maelstrom Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, quite a dense mouth feel but is only medium bodied (13.8% alcohol), ripe black cherry, raspberry and dark plum, meaty with a range of brown and black spices, silky and savoury tannins with well judged acids and cedar-vanilla oak (****)

Foster e Rocco Sangiovese 2008

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2009, perfumed and fresh cherry and plum with dried herb and white pepper noes, medium bodied, very fine chalky tannins with rather restrained savoury oak, very much in food wine territory (***1/2)

Syrahmi V2 Heathcote Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, unusually elegant for the region, medium bodied showing redcurrant, black cherry and cassis, smooth with not too much Viognier, fine powdery savoury tannins (****)