The suitability of Syrah to the Te Awa soils and aspect has been one of those pleasant discoveries. As new areas of vineyard, many containing new vine importations, come on-stream the opportunity to produce and evaluate these parcels has created a vehicle for the creation of Left Field Syrah. As with the 2009, there is a component of Viognier.
93% Syrah (Chave, 877, 470) 7% Viognier
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
The first vintage of this wine, 2009, was muscular; this vintage is much more aromatic. The newer clonal selections of Syrah tend to suggest ‘fruitiness’ over spice and density. As a stylistic direction, I couldn’t be happier with the result.
Soft red berry fruits are immediately apparent along with a whimsical rose/ or black current bud note. Viognier accentuates these floral notes and adds another component, a suggestion of apricot stone.
The palate is elegantly constructed. Definitely medium weight and supple, and in keeping with one of my winemaking philosophies: deliver on the palate, what is suggested on the nose. In this case, prettiness on the nose leads to a flowing and generous palate.