Dark red, purple hue. The nose is rich and lifted, with notes of violets, gamey meats and eucalypt. The palate is generous with cherry cola and toasty oak. The tannins are firm with hints of cool climate spice on the finish.
93 Points | "Deepish red colour with a slight tint of purple. The bouquet is spicy and vegetal, with floral and peppery high notes and a suggestion of whole-bunch fermentation. Red cherry and raspberry are there, too. The wine is elegantly weighted and textured, fruit drives it and the tannins are fine, soft and mild, making for a very approachable young shiraz. Medium length. A modern, Rhône-ish, cool-climate shiraz with loads of charm, and good value." - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
This wine is curated from vine parcels that create a wine that is varietally expressive and able to sing the right notes of a Hawkes Bay Syrah. We look to express the white pepper spice, blackberries, red and black currants, to show off dark fruity flavours that are plush on the palate with silky tannins and a little spice.
Our key to the success of this range is simplicity and honesty. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, we're sticking with what works to make this wine taste awesome. - Eddie McDougall
The fruit for this Syrah is sourced from the Two Terraces vineyard in Hawkes Bay. Machine harvested at night and then transported to the Wairarapa, where the fruit is left to cool overnight before being destemmed the next day into 2-tonne open fermentation vats. Fermentation will last 3.5 weeks, with a morning pump-over done once a day and plunging done by hand once a day to ensure a soft extraction of tannins, colour and flavour. We then press off the wine and remove it from its skins to be matured in a mix of French oak barrels (15% new) that have a tight grain and high toast for 14 months, each with its own balanced oak regime of barrel age and choice of coopers.
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Vineyard: Two Terraces
Region: Hawkes Bay
About The Range
Winemaking without borders while ultimately aiming to express the honest flavours of individual grape varietals. Each wine produced under this range is a benchmark example of grape, place, and maker.
With an ambitious and pioneering spirit, we thrive on discovering and expressing the finest terroir — getting the best from every grape with minimal intervention. The results are exceptional wines, crafted with passion and precision so you too can experience the journey, one sip at a time!