95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS "Taste history in a glass"
A celebration of the very best that Hawke’s Bay can produce, Huchet is only crafted when Mission’s winemaker deems the vintage worthy. This flagship wine is a study in modern Hawkes Bay Syrah - seemingly shy and understated at first but opening up to reveal layer after layer of complex, spicy fruits sitting over a spine of fine tannin. World Class.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Taste history in a glass. Grown and bottled by Mission Estate Huchet Chardonnay - named after Brother Cyprian Huchet, one of New Zealand’s pioneering winemakers (circa 1870). A brilliant dark ruby core with powerful aromas, distinctively fruity with scents of dark plums and black cherries, blue fruits then bold spices of French oak and brown spices of clove and vanilla with a bacon (oak) edginess with a natural peppery lift. Complex and youthful with a core of ripe blue fruits and raspberry, black currant and toasty barrel spices. Firm tannins with a stony chalky mouthfeel, plenty of acidity and long persistent finish. A wine to watch, cellar for another 12-18 months with best drinking from 2022 through 2028+."
The winery writes "This 2019 Syrah is complex and intense showing rich black fruits plum and raspberry notes. An intriguing note only achieved in this vineyard partners with soft white spices, subtle cedar and sandalwood with hints of vanilla. Full bodied and robust with great power, depth of flavour and a long finish. "