THEORY & PRACTICE SYRAH 2015
THEORY & PRACTICE SYRAH 2015
- Product Code: 12021
- Country: New Zealand
- Region: Hawkes Bay
- Sub Region: Bridge Pa Triangle
- Style: Red
- Variety: Syrah / Shiraz
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Grape: 100% Syrah
"All fruit was hand-harvested and destemmed to open top fermenters. The grapes were 'cold soaked' for seven days before undergoing a quick fermentation with natural vineyard yeasts. After fermentation the young wine was pressed to tank before draining to French oak barrels (20% new hogsheads). Malo-lactic fermentation was completed in barrel and the wine left to age on full lees. After 20 months of aging the barrels were blended and the wine bottled.
Deep red in colour with a blue/ violet hue. A savoury nose of bacon and toast with fruit characters of black-currant and plum. Barrel fermentation notes contribute nuances of coffee and dark soy. Floral notes of Violet and Asian Lilly add to the intrigue.The palate is medium bodied with a beam of fresh acidity that draws the wine across the tongue and adds vibrancy. The savoury theme on the nose continues on the palate with an umami like flavours of beef stock and mushroom. The texture comes from softly extracted front palate fruit tannins. These are the best sort of tannins that are able to provide gentle structure without contributing hardness".
5 Stars & 18.5-/20 Raymond Chan, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
Full, dark, deep purple-hued black-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with gentle, up-front aromas of ripe blackberry and dark-raspberry fruit, interwoven with notes of black pepper and violet florals. The nose has good depth. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and sweet, up-front, mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackberries and dark raspberries, along with black and white pepper notes, violet florals, and suggestions of game and spice. The mouthfeel is vibrant and supported by light, fine-grained tannins, quite supple, with a fine-textured line. The flavours carry to a long, lingering finish of savoury black and red fruits, and pepper and floral nuances. This is a rich, up-front, mouthfilling Syrah with blackberry and raspberry fruit along with pepper, florals, spice and game, on a vibrant, lively, fine-textured palate. Serve with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 5-6 years. A selection of clones, including MS and Chave, from Inland Gravels, hand-picked and destemmed, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 19.5% new French oak hogsheads".
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, November 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"This fabulous syrah offers excellent fruit purity and vibrancy together with rounded mouthfeel and silky texture, wonderfully complemented by bright fruit flavours of dark plum, blueberry and cranberry with hints of spice and floral. The wine is youthfully charming and very approachable, and offers lovely drinking. At its best: now to 2020".