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CHURCH ROAD GRAND RESERVE SYRAH 2018

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Trophy for Champion Syrah – Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019

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  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Syrah

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Regions : Hawkes Bay

Trophy for Champion Syrah – Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019

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Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Trophy for Champion Syrah – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020
Gold Medal – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020
Number 1 Cuisine NZ Syrah Tasting 2021


Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Church Road Grand Reserve wines are produced only in exceptional vintages. The very best low-cropping vineyard blocks are targeted for selective hand-harvesting to yield wines with the greatest possible flavour, depth and concentration. In the winery these wines are made using small batch, traditional winemaking techniques that emphasise texture, structure and subtle complexity, while still letting the fruit shine through.

A core of dark plum and berry fruit is overlaid with classic Hawke's Bay Syrah perfume of violets, exotic warm spice and cracked black pepper, supported by subtle oak toast. On the palate the wine is full bodied but fine textured with a gentle tannin structure and balanced acidity bringing length and freshness. Well matched to a wide range of full flavoured game and red meat dishes."


5 Stars & Number 1 Cuisine NZ Syrah Tasting, June 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"Church road is a winery with a long history in New Zealand, most strongly linked to its second owner and one of the country’s winemaking pioneers, Tom McDonald. Tom’s enduring legacy at Church Road is with cabernet sauvignon, syrah being a much more recent variety here and the passion of current winemaker Chris Scott and viticulturist Graham Bartleet. The judges agreed that the 2018 Grand Reserve Syrah, often considered the best value wine in Church Road’s range, delivered exceptional quality for the price. The fruit sources change from year to year depending on which sites perform well enough to make the cut.

The 2018 is principally from the estate’s Bridge Pa Triangle’s Redstone Vineyard, with minor contributions from the Gimblett Gravels. It’s a richly fat, big and brooding syrah with gamey notes, red spice and bramble fruit. Jo Gear loved the oak warmth, approachability and gorgeous fruit weight here. This has the ripeness and balance to age in the short to mid-term but will be difficult to resist opening now as the weather gets colder." 


Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…


5 Stars Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, July 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Church Road’s Grande Reserve Syrah 2017 is produced from grapes grown in the Gimblett Gravels subregion. Moderately dense, generously proportioned syrah with plum, dark berry, pepper, spice and subtle smoky oak flavours. Slightly less concentrated than Church Road’s flagship syrah but very impressive, especially when you consider vintage challenges."


5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"The 2017 vintage is deeply coloured, fragrant and full-bodied, with dense, youthful plum and black-pepper flavours, seasoned with toasty oak, hints of liquorice and dark chocolate, and fine-grained tannins. Open 2022+."


Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Church Road Grand Reserve wines are produced only in exceptional vintages. The very best low-cropping vineyard blocks are targeted for selective hand-harvesting to yield wines with the greatest possible flavour, depth and concentration. In the winery these wines are made using small batch, traditional winemaking techniques that emphasise texture, structure and subtle complexity, while still letting the fruit shine through.

On the nose, a core of dark berry fruit is overlaid with fragrant violet, rose, exotic spice and hints of cracked pepper whilst subtle, savoury oak adds complexity and a chocolate like richness. The palate is full but finely structured with excellent persistence and focus coming from balanced acidity and ripe tannins."

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Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 2 bottles we charge an additional $3 for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes.

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