Hopesgrove is the Paki Paki hillside vineyard venture of Pieter Koopman and this superb syrah is a testament to this special piece of dirt and Pieter's undoubted winemaking prowess. Now entering its ideal drinking window, this excellent 2019 release is a study in fine Hawke's Bay Syrah. It is a supple and very attractive style that straddles the feminine / masculine syrah spectrum and offers layers of floral notes on the nose and spicy dark red fruits on the palate. This is excellent wine with plenty of life in it. Highly recommended.
The winery writes "Intensity of colour and complexity of aromatic profile give a hint to the subtle power in this wine. With an exotic nose that wafts between black cherry, an edge of pepper, and perfumed florals, this sophisticated wine reveals lovely spice amidst a wave of dense black fruit and savoury meaty flavours that lingers on the palate and leaves you begging for more. Subtle and silky, the persistent tannins bring a level of added intensity to this serious, balanced and concentrated expression of Syrah."