Serrat is owned and cared for by Tom and Nadège Carson with the welcome help from Kate Thurgood .
The Serrat site is situated 3 km's from the Yarra Glen township in the heart of the Yarra valley. The site is North facing. The soils are grey to grey brown clays with buckshot gravels evenly dispersed through the topsoil. The subsoil is red-brown clay impregnated with ancient deteriorated mudstones. The soil is low in fertility.
Tom Carson’s wines almost always drip with polish and class and this release is more evidence of that. It’s so modern and so manicured, as a starting point. But from there, it gets interesting. The bedrock of fruit is ripe and the oak complementary but the wine is also provocatively smoky, herbal, peppery and generally savoury. It’s plush but more fundamentally, it’s Yarra Valley. It’s one of those wines where you keep having to dive back in for another “look”. The finish is also most impressively long. If cool climate shiraz is on your radar, then you must track some of this down. Rating: 96 Points; Drink: 2016-2028+; Alcohol: 13%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Wine of the Year - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
If anyone thinks shiraz can't attain fully ripe flavour development at 13% they should move heaven and earth to get hold of a bottle of this wine. Gloriously coloured, it has a Joseph's coat of forest berry fruits, flashing red and black flavours, spice and cracked pepper, quality oak also contributing. The most remarkable feature is the way it refuses to let its flavours leave the mouth after you have swallowed it, introducing another level to the concept of palate length and aftertaste. It also proves the greatest wines are perfect from the first moment they are bottled, the future revealing different facets, but not impinging on their quality. Rating: 99 Points; Drink by: 2044; Date Tasted: March 2015; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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