“Great wines are made on the vine, and when the variety, aspect and soil type are right, Australia’s wine regions deliver elegant, textured and fruit-driven wines that hold their own with the best in the world.” Sam Coverdale established Even Keel in 2006 with a vision to create drinkable, elegant wines that celebrate the individual strengths of Australia’s cooler-climate wine regions. Since 2009, he has specialised in single-vineyard wines from his Polperro farm in the higher reaches of the Mornington Peninsula, using a mix of organic and biodynamic viticulture.
The grapes for his Even Keel Syrah come from the young Canberra wine region in New South Wales. The standard bearer for the area has always been Clonakilla but other producers and growers are fast following suit, especially with the refined styles like this from elevated vineyards.
Grapes were hand-picked and naturally fermented then matured in mostly used French oak barrels before bottling unfined and unfiltered. It is a really classy and complex Syrah redolent of the cooler climate. Blueberries, violets and earthy mushrooms mix with black pepper and herbs.