18.5/20 FIVE STARS | Raymond Chan.
96/100 FIVE STARS: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "It is engaging, striking and astonishingly good."
95/100 Cameron Douglas, MS
Exciting premium Hawkes Bay Syrah from Steve Smith MW - the man who drove the winemaking programme for Craggy Range for many years. Now producing wine under his own banner with American tech billionaire Brian Sheth, he is making some truly exciting variations on the classic New Zealand varietals and this is a wonderful example of modern Hawkes Bay Syrah.
This is a compelling wine that floods the palate with savoury, dark spiced fruits and fine tannins. A very accomplished Syrah to kick off this exciting new venture.
Raymond Chan writes "Medium-full bodied, the palate has well-concentrated flavours of very ripe blackberry, mulberry and plum fruit with boysenberry hints. A complexing layer of black pepper, liquorice and spices add detail, with piquant florals providing lifted elements. The mouthfeel features a firm heart with fine-grained tannins lending powdery textures and grip. A firm acid edge carries the wine to a taut, lingering finish. This is a firm and tightly bound, concentrated Syrah with very ripe fruit flavours of blackberries, boysenberries, plums and iron-earth, with fine and firm structure"