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Winemakers Notes
Our first ever Reserve Syrah is made from fruit from our Chalk Ridge block, just to the south of Havelock North. It is a steep, north facing amphitheatre that is strewn with fossilised limestone. We have used only the ripest fruit from the top of the hill to craft our Reserve Syrah. A tiny amount of Viognier (2.43%) from the same block was co-fermented with the Syrah to add fragrance and complexity and to help fix the colour. Vintage 2010 was a stunner and the vineyard was in excellent condition at harvest. The wine spent around 10 months in French oak (40% new) before assemblage and bottling.
Alc 13.5%
Acid 6.2 g/L
Res sugar 3.0 g/L
pH 3.67

Tasting Notes
Colour: A beautiful deep purple/red, with a dense, dark core and bright, flashing purple rim.
Bouquet: The essence of Hawkes Bay Syrah: masses of black fruits, a touch of pepper, some meatiness and lovely, savoury oak.
Palate: A beautifully structured wine. Full bodied with silken tannins and great length. The fruit in the mid palate lasts and lasts

This wine will drink beautifully from release and then cellar out to around five years in the correct environment.
Food Matches
The soft tannins, ripe fruit flavours, black pepper and spice make this wine a great accompaniment to many meat dishes such as lamb, venison, beef and game. The bolder and more complex style means that it will stand up to richer flavours and accompaniments.  
Independent Reviewer’s Comment
“It’s a classy wine, very finely textured, with deep, youthful colour, substantial body, and rich plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity and flow. Sweet-fruited, with good tannin support and a long, spicy finish, it’s already delicious, but best cellared to 2013+.” MC
TOP WINE, 5 STARS Cuisine Magazine NZ Syrah Tasting July 2013
Gold Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2013 & 2012
Gold Medal Bragato Wine Awards 2011
Gold Medal NZ International Wine Show 2011

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