Our third 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. A tiny amount of Viognier (1.6%) from the same block was whole cluster, co-fermented with the Syrah to add fragrance and complexity and to help fix the colour. Vintage 2016 was a stunner and the vineyard was in excellent condition at harvest. The block was hand harvested on 12 April and the wine spent around 8 months in French oak (20% new) before assemblage. Bottling was on 31 July 2017.
“True to variety, this is impeccably styled showing dark plum, blueberry and violet characters with a seamlessly textured, flowing mouthfeel.”
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