93 POINTS | 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.
Sam Kim writes "This barrique-aged Syrah from 20 year old vines off the Gimblett Gravels – has an exciting, youthful, fruit and spice centric bouquet with aromas of raspberry and sweet Doris plum, some liquorice and brambly earthy qualities. The oak is a feature, but is not loud – just focused, adds a layer of complexity and provides the platform for the fruit and character of the wine to be displayed. On the palate – youthful, tense, fruity and spicy. Once again the oak is noticed, but not driving the wine. Firm youthful tannins and plenty of acidity, some contrasting tarter fruit moments, liquorice, bracken and pepper. A delicious wine, decant for service or wait till sometime in 2022 through 2025+ to enjoy at its best."
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