These 2014 BK Wines Cult Syrah tasting notes were recorded as part of episode 193 of The Adelaide Show podcast.

We learned from Ash, Steve’s wine shop guy, that while many people interchange Shiraz and Syrah, you will find that Syrah is the preferred term for winemakers using grapes from cooler regions, such as Lobethal in this case, in the Adelaide Hills.

He says Syrah will typically mean you are getting a refined, drier style wine, rather than the round, fruitier style more commonly labelled Shiraz.

Also note that the winemakers suggest decanting this wine, so we dutifully decanted.

2014 BK Wines Cult Syrah tasting notes

It was unanimous this week. The South Australian Drink Of The Week, the 2014 BK Wines Cult Syrah, was super dry.

The panel was struck by its dryness and Steve, Nardia, and Ainsley, have all been around the block quite a few times when it comes to drinking wine, so you can safely take that as given.

Steve described the experience of dryness as like he was driving in the Adelaide Hills around Lobethal on a dark, cold day with sheets of rain blanking out the sun; all encompassing greyness, thick with thickness.

He suggested this wine would pair well with rich, game meats, perhaps some venison from the Adelaide Hills, to provide an interesting counterpoint on the palate.

If you’d like to journey along with the tasting panel, grab The Adelaide Show in your favourite podcast app, download episode 193, and listen to the first few minutes, or just hit play on the player below.

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