Domaine Naturaliste is the new venture of agronomist award winning winemaker Bruce Dukes. After twenty five years of applying his craftsmanship to international and local producers, Bruce has launched his own range of wines named after the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge which is the dominant land form of viticultural significance in Margaret River; our viticultural domaine.
"The sheer quality of the wines he makes is equalled only by his consistency.” James Halliday
Margaret River Syrah is noteworthy because of its fragrance and attractiveness in it’s youth.
Aromas of juicy black cherries and boysenberries with a grind of black pepper. The palate possesses a fine grained texture comprising of ripe tannin which adds to the structure and depth of the wine.
Veal | rich pasta dishes | lamb chops grilled on open flame BBQ
Syrah 96 % Malbec 4%
In used 500 L French oak for a year on fine lees. Mainly from the Allier and Voges forests.
Syrah is picked at moderate ripeness to retain elegance. Cool fermentation of whole berries and 5 % as whole bunches (stems included) at 20 to 22oC creates a partial carbonic maceration which introduces a spice element to the pure Syrah perfume. A splash of Malbec introduces texture and fleshy tannins. A cool climate, medium bodied and balanced Syrah.
Up to 5 years
One of the great years for Margaret River, with long and gentle ripening season and moderate crop levels.