2021 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir now available

On the Fly 2021 Syrah Nouveau – NEW

On the Fly 2021 Syrah Nouveau – NEW

Regular price $27.00 Sale

Some years ago, Richard planted a few short rows of Merlot to see how the variety would perform in our vineyard. In subsequent years, after a few trips to Spain, he grafted a couple of rows of Pinot Noir across to Tempranillo. The Merlot and Tempranillo have been producing stunning fruit for a number of years now but unfortunately not enough to make a commercial quantity of wine.  However, this year the opportunity arose to purchase some Shiraz grapes from a nearby vineyard in the Tumbarumba Wine Region so our Merlot and Tempranillo were blended with the Shiraz to make a "nouveau" style wine celebrating the vibrant and young fruit flavours of the grapes – oak has been given the back seat. This wine will age well but why bother – it has been crafted to drink now.

About the grapes

Shiraz from Billinudgel Vineyard, Lankeys Creek in the Tumbarumba Wine Region

Tempranillo and Merlot from Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard


Vital statistics

Shiraz – Machine harvested 7 April 2021

Tempranillo and Merlot – Hand picked 8 April 2021

Bottled:  29 June 2021

Production: 208 dozen bottles

12.8% alcohol/vol



Vibrant red with purple tinge



Black cherry and plum with a hint of pepper 



Fruit driven, crunchy and fresh with red and blue berry flavours and soft persistent tannins.  

This wine screams out to be paired with protein, roasted, smoked or BBQed.


What Alex Mackay and Léonore Salancon (our winemaker) did

The grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel and, when blended, were given a taste of oak. 


What the wine says

Serve me at room temperature. In summer, chill me slightly.


What others are saying

Oh wow! (Richard)