96 POINTS | Cam Douglas MS
There are few more respected people in the Hawke’s Bay wine industry than Kate Radburnd. Her long tenure running Pask and numerous governance and judging roles within the industry have created a legacy that she should be extremely proud of. Now her days are spent on Radburnd Cellars - a no expense spared attempt to make the very best wines of her career and this, her second release under this eponymous label, is an elegant, refined take on modern Hawke's Bay Syrah.
This is tightly woven wine with very attractive, floral aromatics in the feminine form and a palate that brings layers of dark red fruits with hints of anise / spice. Lovers of fine Hawke's Bay Syrah will immediately recognise the underlying power this wine shows in its youth, and the silken tannin structure and incredibly long finish promises much for those with the patience to lay some down. It has clearly been made to age gracefully and we would love to revisit this 2019 release in 5 years time when it has fully blossomed and unveiled its secrets.
We would advise decanting if opening a bottle in the next 2-3 years to bring out the detail on the palate.
The winery writes "A brooding black fruited Syrah which is well structured with alcohol, tannin and acidity. Dark spicy fruits are well supported with a hint of pure floral fragrance. Crafted to age well, complexity, concentration of pure ripe fruit and subtle sweet oak blend together to ensure this. This Syrah has lingering length and persistence of flavour, a hallmark of this variety."
Cam Douglas MS writes "Complex and layered bouquet with scents of red and purple skinned fruits, a distinctive layer of French oak and Hawkes Bay crushed stones minerality. Youthful, primary and alluring. Fantastic structure on the palate with an abundance of ripe chalky tannins and backbone of acidity. This foundation embraces the flavours of dark red berries and spices, barrel flavours, some wild violets and soft savoury complexity. Excellent mouthfeel and finish, complexity and charm. Don’t rush to drink this wine - its one for the cellar with best drinking from 2023 through 2030+."