Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
80% Petite Sirah, 17% Tannat & 3% Teroldego
Californian wines have picked up a strong following here in New Zealand in recent years with drinkers embracing the bold styles that ooze with ripeness and easy drinkability. Petite Sirah (known as Durif in Australia) really suits the warm Californian climate and this rendition from McManis is packed full of big dark fruits with notes of chocolate and a good old dollop of oak.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 offering of Petite Sirah from McManis Family Vineyards is vivid purple in colour, with aromas of full toned Blackberry and Boysenberry. Caramel and Toffee are evident in the bouquet, as well as a Chocolate oak profile. The wine is substantial, yet has a rich soft cream texture of mocha. Very elegant and full of ripe black fruit flavours of Blackberry and Blueberry. These fruit flavours are savoured in the lingering mouthwatering finish."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, November 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"This is packed with rich fruit intensity, showing blackcurrant, blueberry compote, vanilla, chocolate tart and cedar characters on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that is opulent and plush with velvety texture and silky tannins. It is immediately appealing with gorgeous fruit intensity backed by lavish oak undertones. At its best: now to 2025."