Multi-layered and complex with powerful, but ripe and round tannins, great structure. A wine that is distinctly Northern Rhone-like.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
A superb syrah of lovely depth and subdued complexity, made with the addition of a little viognier. While still a youngster, its already supple and attractive.Ralph-Powell, Age (22/MAR/2011)
Lovely Rhone-like style with delicate floral and fragrant nose. The palate has just enough ripeness to give great presence and is showing some delightful earthy notes. A few years ahead of it yet. Winestate's Best Wines of 2010 5 Stars - Winestate (01/FEB/2011)
Deep vibrant crimson. Aromas of fresh blackberry, violet and black pepper with meaty, savoury and spicy elements. Flavours of black fruits, chocolate and licorice are evident. Viognier has helped soften the tannins to give a dry, juicy and succulent texture to the wine. Wine of the Year Award Finalist - Winestate (01/DEC/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
The colour is a deep, vibrant crimson.
Blackberry, black pepper, savoury and spice elements are prominent, with meaty overtones. The Viognier has added a lifted aromatic quality and softened the tannins, making the wine more feminine. Multi-layered complexity is the aim.
Powerful, but ripe and round tannins give the wine great structure. Oak aging plays a minor part and the wine lives on its fruit. Combined with the good acidity, these characteristics mean excellent aging potential. Development of mineral, earthy and tarry characters are likely during bottle aging, resulting in a wine that is in Northern Rhone-like rather than resembling anything Australian.
We would expect this wine to age 4-6 years plus with good cellaring conditions.
Great with any red meat, but especially game such as venison.
Medals & Trophies
Best Wines of 2010 - Winestate (01/FEB/2011)
Gold Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010