98% Syrah & 2% Viognier
We are seeing the emergence of more sophisticated styles of Hawkes Bay Syrah and the recent successes internationally of these wines reinforces just how good they are. The wine-making has moved to be more akin to Pinot Noir than Cabernet-like. Gentle extraction and around 20-30% whole bunch fermentation is just one example resulting in more finesse and greater complexity and concentration. This is a darkly coloured package of dense, sweet black fruits, spice/cloves, plump yet good back palate mouthfeel.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 Syrah has a deep and youthful vibrant crimson colour. Wild raspberry, blueberry, cracked pepper and hints of vanilla bean show on the nose. Powerful and balanced ripe tannins give the wine great savoury structure. Oak plays a supporting role with the wine living on a pure fruit expression. This purity combined with refreshing natural acidity mean there is excellent potential for aging. Development of mineral, gamey characters will result from bottle-age. Great with red meat dishes but especially good with game, particularly with duck and venison. Drink 2017 to 2027."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 vintage is a very age-worthy, supple, medium-bodied red with a floral, peppery bouquet. Estate-grown, hand-harvested and blended with a splash of Viognier (2 per cent), it was matured for eight months in a mix of French oak barriques and 5000-litre oak ovals. Still purple-flushed, it is strongly varietal, with concentrated, plummy, peppery flavours, gently seasoned with oak, a hint of liquorice and gentle tannins. Best drinking 2021+."
4 ½ Stars, Top 5 & Best Buy, Cuisine Syrah Tasting, August 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Lovely red berry and spicy aromatics on the nose followed up with finesse and purity of dark fruit on the palate. Fantastically handled fruit resulting in elegant, sweet yet dark and savoury fruit flavours. Refreshing and lively acidity with juicy tannins and great oak integration make this an remarkably moreish syrah."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Beautifully composed and styled, this delectable syrah shows dark plum, sweet raspberry, spicy oak, olive and violet aromas, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate that displays excellent depth and intensity. The wine is immediately appealing and engaging at the same time with layers of sweet fruit and complex flavours. At its best: now to 2024."