FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Sourced from fruit gown by Johnny Lyons on a hillside site to the south of Hastings, this is special wine and, arguably, the finest Hillside ever released.
From a hillside site with maximum sun exposure and minimum water retention, Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2018 is sweet, spicy and intensely flavoured with notes of liquorice and pepper.
The winery writes "The ‘Hillside’ Syrah is an expression of where it is grown. An intense dark red colour and fragrant - showcasing Damson plums, blackcurrants, black-pepper, leather, French oak and ripe supple tannins engage across your palate. It is made largely from the 470 clone of Syrah which is renowned for its colour and concentration and responds well when aged in new French oak barriques. This ‘Hillside’ Syrah is elegantly balanced and is seamlessly majestic - cellaring will reward those with patience."
Sam Kim writes "Richly fruited and seductively perfumed, showing dark berry, vanillin oak, smoked game, and tapenade nuances, it's powerfully opulent yet gracious and sophisticated with outstanding depth and drive. Multi-layered and gratifying."