Flaxman’s Valley could righteously be its own thing in Eden Valley and boasts a collective of high profile winemakers honing in on the parish. Abe Gibson and family have planted roots there, and their home block vineyard, rolling right out the back door of their house, has been carefully rehabilitated by Abe et al to allow this, a single puncheon, single vineyard release of syrah.
Haunting wine for its memorable, distinct, aromas and flavours. Almost unlike anything I’ve seen from Eden, the wine is dominated by ‘mineral’ and ‘earth’ characters, setting up with warm slate, peat and undergrowth scents, though there’s sour-sweet cherry-berry fragrance in play too. The palate is svelte, succulent, oscillating between a sense of ‘blue fruits’ and darker, with fennel, briar and dried herb characters chiming in. Amongst the more primary fruitiness, silty tannins holding the wine tight, drawn long, and a sense of pulverised stone to finish. Incredibly good drinking here. And for the future. - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front