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Hawke's Bay Syrah

From our estate-owned and certified sustainable vineyards in the iconic Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions, this Hawke’s Bay Syrah offers delicate raspberry and floral flavours in a light, fresh and peppery style.

TASTING NOTES

Our Hawke's Bay Syrah has aromas of violet, plum and white spices with raspberry and vanilla notes. On the palate, plum and Morello cherry with black pepper and cedar tasting notes. Medium weight with upfront volume, fine grained density and vibrant red fruit on the warm finish.

Syrah from both the Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels sub-regions were co-fermented with a small percentage of Viognier grape. After a period of maceration on skins, the wines were run off to oak and left to mature for 7 months.

Our Hawke's Bay Syrah makes an ideal partner to strongly flavoured foods such as balsamic marinated steak or an antipasto platter of salami, artichokes, olives and sun dried tomatoes.

From our estate-owned certified sustainable vineyards in the iconic Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions, this Hawke’s Bay Syrah offers delicate raspberry and floral flavours in a light, fresh and peppery style.

TASTING NOTES

Dark berries and plum aromas with a sweet earthy note, vanilla and nutmeg. Medium weight with good volume and fine coating tannins. Flavours led by black and red cherries, followed by raspberry, cedar and a lingering spice with plum.

Syrah from both the Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels sub-regions were co-fermented with a small percentage of Viognier grapes. After a period of maceration on skins, the wines were run off to oak and left to mature for 6 months.

This Hawke's Bay Syrah makes an ideal partner to strongly flavoured foods such as balsamic marinated steak or an antipasto platter of salami, artichokes, olives and sundried tomatoes.

"An attractive, drink-young style, this medium-bodied red is vibrant and supple, with youthful, plummy, spicy flavours, fresh acidity and gentle tannins."
- Winestate Magazine, Nov 2019 issue

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of dark plum, cherry, and boysenberry with vanilla. Medium weight and supple with a sweet fruited entry of raspberry and blackberry. Savoury leather and dried herbs join on the mid-palate and spice notes linger.

The grapes were harvested from our Hawke’s Bay vineyards and gently crushed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Vigorous cap management during the height of ferment ensured good extraction of colour and tannin. After extended time on skins to promote tannin evolution, the wine was then run off to French oak. It matured for eleven months prior to blending.

This Hawke's Bay Syrah makes an ideal partner to strongly flavoured foods such as balsamic marinated steak or an antipasto platter of salami, artichokes, olives and sundried tomatoes.

91 POINTS - James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com,  Oct 2018
SILVER MEDAL - International Wine Challenge China 2019
SILVER MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019

"This has very attractive, spicy, fragrant lift. Nicely played, fragrant oak adds complexity to the plums and blackberries. The palate has a smooth, supple and juicy array of sweetly spiced blueberries and blackberries and a fresh finish."
91 POINTS -James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com, 2018

TASTING NOTES

Aromas of white spice and mineral mixed with dried herbs, sweet dark plum and black pepper. The palate shows similar themes to the nose with vanilla notes, raspberry and earth. Fine tannins, smooth & pleasantly viscous. Complex and lingering.

The grapes were harvested from our Hawke’s Bay vineyards and gently crushed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Vigorous cap management during the height of ferment ensured good extraction of colour and tannin. After extended time on skins to promote tannin evolution, the wine was then run off to French oak. It matured for eleven months prior to blending.

This Hawke's Bay Syrah makes an ideal partner to strongly flavoured foods such as balsamic marinated steak or an antipasto platter of salami, artichokes, olives and sundried tomatoes.

GOLD MEDAL - China Wine & Spirits Awards  2017
4 STARS - Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2015

"Dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour with a lighter rim, very youthful in appearance.  The nose is bright and vibrant with well-concentrated primary aromas of blackberries and raspberries entwined with savoury herbs and white pepper, unfolding violet floral perfumes.  Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with a core of blackberry and raspberry fruit along with fresh herbs and while pepper.  The flavours are up-front and primary in expression, and are supported by fine-grained, but modest tannin extraction and soft, integrated acidity.  The flavours recede as the wine leads to a light peppery finish.  This is an elegantly concentrated, up-front Syrah with flavours of blackberries, raspberries, white pepper and herbs on a soft-textured palate."
4 STARS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2015

"Blended from Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle fruit, the 2016 Syrah is a fragrant, medium-bodied wine for early consumption. Cracked pepper and ground clove accent bright cherry fruit in this easy, silky-textured quaffer."
-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, Feb 2018

TASTING NOTES

Sweetly scented spice and raspberry, with darker notes. Supple and smooth on entry. Red and black fruits, with a hint of pepper and clove with a lingering finish.

The grapes were harvested from our Hawke’s Bay vineyards and gently crushed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Vigorous cap management during the height of ferment ensured good extraction of colour and tannin. After extended time on skins to promote tannin evolution, the wine was then run off to French oak. It matured for eleven months prior to blending.

This Hawke's Bay Syrah makes an ideal partner to strongly flavoured foods such as balsamic marinated steak or an antipasto platter of salami, artichokes, olives and sundried tomatoes.

4 STARS - Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinesreviews.co.nz, July 2016

"Lovely fresh, ripe Hawke’s Bay fruit with wild raspberry and black cherry aromas; suggestions of white pepper interwoven with spicy oak; vibrant and forward. On the palate – juicy, fresh, fruit laden and dry with mild pepper spice and oak layers, fine tannins and medium+ acidity, lovely balance with a drink-now capacity and some ageing potential."
-Cameron Douglas MS in NZ Liquor News April 2016

"Deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is elegant and initially slender with a concentrated, fruit-focussed core of ripe black berried fruits, dark raspberries and violet florals, unfolding black and white pepper nuances. Medium-bodied, the palate has finely presented flavours of blackberries along with black and white pepper, spices, violet florals and liquorice. The fruit is bright and vibrant and the mouthfeel enlivened by fresh acidity, with balanced, supple tannins in support. The soft juicy core carries to a plush finish with black fruits, spices and florals. This is an elegant, bright-fruited Syrah with freshness and supple tannins."
4 STARS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinesreviews.co.nz, July 2016

TASTING NOTES

Black plum with a vanilla lift. White pepper and cinnamon are also apparent on the nose. There are red and dark fruits on entry in the mouth, fleshy. Fine grained tannins.

The grapes were harvested from our Hawke’s Bay vineyards and gently crushed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Vigorous cap management during the height of ferment ensured good extraction of colour and tannin. After extended time on skins to promote tannin evolution, the wine was then run off to French oak. It matured for eleven months prior to blending.

This Hawke's Bay Syrah makes an ideal partner to strongly flavoured foods such as balsamic marinated steak or an antipasto platter of salami, artichokes, olives and sundried tomatoes.

GOLD MEDAL - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015

"The 2014 vintage is a full-coloured, medium-bodied, softly textured red with fresh plum and black-pepper flavours, showing clear-cut varietal character, and a smooth finish."
-Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz

"Thinking Rhone Valley when capturing the bouquet – plum and raspberry with lighter red and black fruits, mild vanilla and a mix of spice including pepper. On the palate – fruity, dry and still thinking Rhone Valley with raspberry and plum, pepper and light fragrant baking spices, medium tannins, medium+ acidity, balanced and well made.
-Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, The Shout NZ, Sept 2015 issue