Watts River & Jayden Ong Two Bites

Style
Barrel-Aged Saison With Syrah Marc
ABV
7.0%

If you've not been to Healesville – ever or just in the past couple of years – but you're an enjoyer of the finer drinks in life, then it's well worth factoring a visit into upcoming travel plans. The town has always been one of the key spots in which to base yourself for a few days of immersion in the Yarra Valley's delights, and these days is home to both Watts River and the reborn Matilda Bay breweries, Four Pillars Gin, cellar doors including that of Payten & Jones Wines and more besides.

Taking advantage of the growing number of booze world peers on their doorstep, the team at Watts River joined forces with Jayden Ong, the winemaker and partner in Cumulus Inc who now operates a cellar door within a stone's throw of their brewery. After the final pressing of 2021 at the winery, they selected "particularly bright and aromatic" 80 day whole-bunch syrah marc to be blended with a barrel-aged saison.

After an extended period together in stainless steel, they've reached a point where aromas that could almost be sour cherries morph into light red berries before unfurling into deeper syrah flavours as the crimson liquid crosses your palate. As with most things Watts River, it's got a lovely dryness, while the saison character isn't of the funky or peppery ilk, more floral blossom and a little hay. All in all, a delightful summery farmhouse drop.

James Smith

Published November 15, 2021

Name
Watts River Brewing
Address

7 Hunter Road
Healesville
VIC 3777

Phone
(03) 5962 1409
Open Hours

Thursday: 11am to 5pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 9pm Sun & Mon: 11am to 5pm

Gypsy Hub
Fermentis SafLager E-30

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