Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Grape: Petite Sirah, Syrah
First Glance: Bramble, juicy acidity, grippy tannin, herbal
Best New Winery Of The Year - James Halliday, Wine Companion Awards 2022
Living Roots is the joining of forces between Sebastian Hardy, great-great-great grandson of national icon Thomas Hardy, and New York-born Colleen. The young couple met at Hardy’s Tintara when Colleen worked as cellar hand during vintage in 2014, and in 2016 they started their own vinous joint venture. Uniquely, the two make wines both from South Australia and from the Finger Lakes district in New York state, with small winery operations and tasting rooms set up in Adelaide Hills and Rochester NY, respectively. The overall style is free-spirited and innovative, but always incredibly well-made, and the range constantly evolves with rolling vintages and fruit sources.
Petite Sirah, also often referred to as Durif, is a thick skinned variety with small berries and tight clusters. As is the case here, it is often seen in smaller quantities in red blends, where it can lend tannin and colour with its dark and inky character, thanks to the high skin to juice ratio from the small berries.
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This Sirah/Syrah blend is a deliciously balanced melange of freshly picked blackberries, liquorice and dusty spice, all carried beautifully through by juicy acidity and grippy tannins, which will make you mouth water for food. Try with herb crusted lamb or five spice duck!