Cluster fermented with wild vineyard yeast in open top concrete fermenters, our Syrah
is soft yet generous in the mouth with flavours of red berries and jam.
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The wine is medium to deep red, with aromas that showcase the red fruit elements of Hawkes Bay Syrah, including raspberries with undertones of wood spice and pepper. In the mouth the wine is mouth soft and generous with flavours like the nose of red berries and jam, with an underlying acidity providing elegance and length. Delicious as a young wine it will also reward cellaring.
Download full tasting note here: 2019
Matches wonderfully with grilled meats, vegetables and wild game.
Vineyards and Winemaking
The individual vineyard parcels were destemmed on arrival at the winery and transferred to small 5 tonne open topped concrete fermenters for fermentation with wild vineyard yeasts. Once active the ferments were managed by hand to gently extract colour and tannin. After a period of post fermentation maceration, the grapes were gently pressed and transferred to French oak barrels for 17 months ageing.
Soils And Viticulture
The grapes for this wine were grown in two contrasting Hawkes Bay sites. The free draining stony gravels of Gimblett Road provide the wine with dark fruit notes and a tannic frame while the limestone soils of the Heipipi Vineyard in Bay View adds perfume and complexity.