Wine by Range Reserve Wines

Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2018

NZ $61.75 incl GST

Double 5 Stars - The Real Review & Winestate Magazine. "Dense, taut and powerful syrah"

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Reserve Wines, Hawkes Bay, Syrah


Winemakers Notes

Our fourth 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 (1.48%) from the same block was whole cluster, co-fermented with the Syrah to add fragrance and complexity and to help fix the colour. Vintage 2018 very challenging, but, the vineyard crew were utterly committed to this block, and, as a result, we harvested some of the best fruit we have ever seen from this vineyard. The block was hand harvested on 23rd March and 3rd April and the wine spent around 12 months in French oak (55% new) before assemblage. Bottling was on 11th June 2019.

Alc 13.5%
Acid 6.5 g/L
Res sugar 1.0g/L
pH 3.57

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 eight 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

"Dense, taut and powerful syrah from grapes grown in the Chalk Ridge vineyard. Intense wine with floral, violet, dark berry, plum, black pepper and spicy oak supported by a fine core of ripe acidity. A youthful wine that can be appreciated now but will develop well with bottle age." Bob Campbell, Aug 2019
“Set for a long life, this powerful, highly refined red was grown in the Chalk Ridge vineyard, on the edge of the Havelock North hills. Hand-harvested and matured for a year in French oak casks (45% new), it is dark and invitingly fragrant, with dense, youthful, well-ripened plum, spice and black pepper flavours, a hint of liquorice, and a very rich, harmonious finish. Open 2023+.” M Cooper, Nov 2019

5 Stars/Top Rank The Real Review, Aug 2019
5 Stars Winestate Magazine, Nov 2019

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