This November we celebrate 40 years of Eastern Peake, quite the milestone, where did all this time go?!
With the upcoming celebrations, we thought it’d be super fun to dip into the back catalogue to grab some inspiration from past releases.The label you can see here takes inspiration from the 1996 Persuasion (rosé) label, Its hard to imagine now that in the early 1990s Dry, delicious, fresh textured rosé wasn’t all that popular. I’m glad my parents stuck to their guns & a paved the way for me to continue to produce a similar style to this day.
The fruit for this wine is grown by long term friends Frank & Kerry Walsh, directly over the road on the same soil type as Eastern Peake weathered basalt on grey loam. Frank first established with pinot noir in 1995 then a second 1 acre planting in 2003 with Syrah (Clone PT23).
Vintage 2022 was extremely challenging early on in the vineyard, a long cooler year meant the season ended up dragging on for the little block of syrah so a decision was made to Harvest on the 5th of may as the fruit wouldn’t survive any longer on the vine into the remaining autumn.
The Syrah was whole bunch pressed, fermented in large format Stockinger Austrian oak with indigenous yeasts, 11 months lees contact, racked, estate bottled. A small amount of sulphur post malo & pre bottling. No fining, filtering or Tinkering. Thoughtfully produced to reflect on where it was grown.
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