95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
This is a great example of Hawke's Bay Syrah. Restrained power and length with plenty of rich dark fruits and spice on the palate.
The Grand Reserve series is produced only when vintage conditions provide exceptional fruit. Traditional winemaking techniques are used to emphasis texture, structure and complexity, allowing the fruit to take centre stage.
The winery writes "A core of dark plum and red and black berry fruits are overlaid with classic Hawkes Bay Syrah floral perfume and exotic warm spice. There are also darker liquorice, mineral and earth notes that bring a serious brooding undertone, while subtle oak brings extra complexity and texture, imparting notes of vanilla, roasted cacao and a hint of smoke. On the palate the wine is medium-full bodied with an impression of sweet fruit and long finish driven by silky tannins and gentle acidity. Well matched to a wide range of full flavoured game and red meat dishes."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Varietal, toasty, dark fruited, spicy and broody, yothful, complex and engaging. Delicious, and wonderfully expressive on the palate with textures from fruit and wood, flavours of dark raspberry and roasted plum, black currant and dry gravel soil qualities. Lengthy, complex, with a core of fruit and dark spices of wood."