The 2014 Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah emerged from a season with quite cool, wet and windy weather during the ripening season. The vintage was very late as a result, with some detrimental results, in my view.
The wine is medium bodied, and on the palate similar to a cool climate Victorian Shiraz. Red plum flavours are accompanied by quite intense peppery notes. The fruit seems partly underripe, partly overripe, with the winery trying hard this year. Acidity is dominating the fruit, leaving a sharp edge on the palate. The acidity even outweighs the vanilla flavours of the oak.
On day two, the 'sting' of the wine has largely gone, and it is now much better balanced. The fruit issue remains, though.
Score: 88 (89)/-