Wine by Variety Red Wines Syrah

"Chalk Ridge" SV Hawkes Bay Syrah 2017

NZ $26.60 incl GST

"The essense of Hawkes Bay syrah"

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Winemakers Notes

This wine is entirely 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 did two passes through the vineyard on 10th and 11th April. A small amount of Viognier is included as whole cluster fruit in one of the ferments (overall 2.21%). Post ferment and MLF the wines went off to French oak (40% new). Final assemblage occurred in May 2018 and the wine was bottled on 1st August 2018.


Alc 13.5%
Acid 6.8 g/L
Res sugar <1 g/L
pH 3.58

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. Medium to full bodied with silken tannins and great length. The fruit in the mid palate lasts and lasts.

Already approachable, but we expect this wine to cellar for a number of years.
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. 
Suggested wine list description
A rich and full-bodied wine full of dark fruit flavours with lashings of black pepper and a long savoury finish.
Independent Reviewer’s Comment

“Fine-boned syrah with floral, pepper, chalk, mineral and red fruit flavours. A supple wine with purity and restrained power, supported by a backbone of fine tannins that provide interesting cellaring prospects.” Bob Campbell, April 2019



Four Stars
Winestate, November 2019

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