FIVE STARS 93/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Over the past 20 years Ant McKenzie has crafted fantastic wines for some of the biggest names in New Zealand wine - Dry River, Framingham, Mud House, Te Awa and Spy Valley. Now, under his own banner, he has created a multi-tier range of wines with Theory and Practice range pitched as "contemporary wines with a creative edge".
This is an impressive, powerfully packed Syrah. It's an immediately attractive style with upfront fruit characters that are balanced with fine tannins and lingering spice flavours. Highly recommended.
The winery writes "The palate is medium bodied with a beam of fresh acidity that draws the wine across the tongue and adds vibrancy. The savoury theme on the nose continues on the palate with an umami like flavours of beef stock and mushroom. The texture comes from softly extracted front palate fruit tannins. These are the best sort of tannins that are able to provide gentle structure without contributing hardness."
Sam Kim writes "It's beautifully ripe and lifted on the nose showing blackberry, toasted almond, smoked game, tar and subtle pepper spice notes. The richly textured palate displays supple mouthfeel and excellent weight well structured by fine grainy tannins, finishing superbly long and sturdy."