CHURCH ROAD TOM SYRAH 2014

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Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"Syrah has been a relative latecomer to the Hawke’s Bay landscape, but has quickly cemented a reputation for producing some of the most exciting wines from the region, winning multiple major awards and accolades both internationally and here in New Zealand. Great Hawke’s Bay Syrah is supple and textural, built on a core of dark, luxurious fruit but never becomes too heavy or loses the floral and spice perfume that sets it apart. While Tom McDonald never made Syrah, this wine pays homage to his pioneering spirit. As a man who was always looking forward and challenging the potential of our region, we think he’d approve.”
5 Stars & 20.0/20 Raymond Chan, May 2017 (2014 Vintage)
"Very full, impenetrable, saturated black-red colour. The nose is firm with deeply concentrated aromas of ripe, black-berried fruits unfolding layers of black plums, liquorice, spices, earth, and iron-earth black minerals that show startling intensity and density. Full-bodied and in perfect proportion, the palate features rich and lusciously sweet, intensely concentrated flavours of blackberry fruits, black plums, liquorice, along with black minerals and iron-earth elements. The fruit is guided by very fine-grained flowery tannins, of considerable presence, and the palate enlivened by bright, vibrant acidity. The wine has incredible intensity and linear drive, carrying the concentrated palate to a long, firm, detailed finish. The sheer intensity, drive and mineral linearity is the backbone of this wine. It will live 15+ years easily. 100% MS clone fruit, 84% from the ‘Redstone’ Bridge Pa vineyard and 16% from the ‘Gimblett’ vineyard, fully destemmed and the main portion fermented in open top French cuve, to 15.0% alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 22 months in 54% new French oak barriques."
Sue Courtney, wineoftheweek.com (2014 Vintage)
"​This inky powerhouse initially has a reticent bouquet that opens up to reveal a delicate fragrance of warm spices, rich plummy fruit, hints of rose spice, tar, liquorice, black forest chocolate and leather – and so much more powerful in the empty glass. Juicy is the first taste impression – juicy plums and cherries over savoury French oak infused with toasted aromatic spices with a hint of liquorice and fine firm tannins with a supple flow. A heady and already harmonious Syrah with port-like alcohol sweetness initially masking the youthfulness and a peppery bite to the long dry finish where the youthfulness is more apparent. I’m not a huge fan of NZ Syrah but this is sensational."
 


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