GOLD MEDAL | NZ Wine of the Year Awards 2019
STELLAR HAWKES BAY SYRAH
For 27 years, winemaker Gordon Russell has fashioned wines of finesse and easy drinkability at Esk Valley. Juicy in dark and red fruits, middling in body and smooth in mouthfeel, this good-value syrah has excellent balance, with a savoury, pithy finish to keep it appetising.
The winemaker writes "This is a very ‘varietal’ wine, displaying classic Hawkes Bay Syrah notes of plums, blackberries, pepper and exotic spice notes with subtle oak integration. It is a medium bodied and food friendly style with excellent ageing potential."