Over the past 20 years Ant McKenzie has crafted fantastic wines for some of the biggest names in New Zealand wine - Dry River, Framingham, Mud House, Te Awa and Spy Valley. Now, under his own banner, he has created a multi-tier range of wines with Craft Farm pitched as "single site expressions that showcase the essence of place." This excellent 2015 Syrah comes off the lauded Lyons block of well known Hawkes Bay grower Johnny Lyons.
FIVE STARS Raymond Chan "Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has an elegantly presented nose with finely concentrated and densely packed aromas of black-berried fruits entwined with black and violet florals, harmoniously integrated with notes of black pepper and Asian spices. This is soft and finely presented, the integration a feature. Medium-bodied, elegantly concentrated, finely expressed, rich and aromatic fruit flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries and black pepper are lifted by violet florals. The palate is rich and succulent, and the fruit enlivened by bright acidity. The wine flows along a very fine-featured palate line with good linearity, leading to a long, lingering spicy finish. This is a very elegant and finely concentrated, luscious and aromatic Syrah with spice notes and fresh mouthfeel. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 6-7 years. Chave clone fruit from the Lyons ‘Hillside’ vineyard, Bridge Pa, hand-picked and fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 50% new French oak of various sizes. 100 dozen made."