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Georges Road 2018 ‘Les Terrasses’ Rosé and 2016 ‘Cuvee 43’ Syrah

30 July,2018

Kirk Bray of Georges Road Wines in Waipara has championed Syrah as a variety suited to the region. His 8 ha vineyard on Mount Brown Road, off Georges Road has 2 ha of Syrah in addition to Riesling and Pinot Gris. Kirk intends to have Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay there, and contracts Pinot Noir from the nearby ‘Williams’ vineyard, giving him a broad mix. The Syrah has performed very pleasingly over the years, and Kirk has made a rosé from the variety. Here, I review the new release 2018 ‘Les Terrasses’ Rosé, and a limited release barrel selection ‘Cuvee 43’ Syrah from the excellent 2016 vintage. It is named for Kirk’s 43° latitude maker in his vineyard, a replica in style of the famous 51° marker at Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau. www.georgesroadwines.co.nz


Georges Road ‘Les Terrasses’ Waipara Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Bright, light salmon-pink colour with some depth and slight purple tints on the lighter rim. The nose is fresh and fragrant with bright aromas of strawberries and cream along with subtle, lifted confectionary and red floral notes, unveiling a fine thread of mouthwatering minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart with lively and vibrant flavours of strawberries and cream with quince elements, along with confectionary melded with red florals. The mouthfeel is brisk and refreshing from the acidity which provides thirst-quenching cut to the fruit sweetness. The wine flows along a very fine, phenolic-threaded line, leading to a sustained, flavoursome finish. This is a lively and mouthwatering dry rosé with fragrant strawberries and cream, confectionary and florals on a fine-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif, and with antipasto or dim sum over the next 2 years. Hand-picked MS clone Syrah fruity from the ‘Georges Road’ vineyard, destemmed and crushed to press over a 2 hour cycle, and indigenous yeast fermented in tank to 12.2% alc. and 2.0 g/L RS, the wine spending nearly 2 months on lees. 450 cases made. 18.5/20 Jul 2018 RRP $22.00

Georges Road ‘Cuvee 43’ Waipara Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Full, even, dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge with a hint of garnet. The nose is elegantly proportioned with well-concentrated and densely packed aromas of ripe black plums and blackberries, along with an integrated amalgam of liquorice, black herbs, spice and tar, and nutty oak. The aromatics show finesse and harmony. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with a heart of interwoven flavours of ripe black plums, blackberries, Middle Eastern spices, liquorice and earth, with nutty oak. The fruit grows in sweetness and lusciousness as the wine flows along a smooth and seamless line with underlying, fine, powdery tannin extraction. The acidity is soft and harmonious, supporting the textures, and the wine carries to a rich, firmly concentrated finish. This is an elegantly proportion, well-concentrated, ripe Syrah with black plum, spices and earthy flavours with nutty oak on a seamless palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-8+ years. A barrel selection wine. Hand-picked MS clone Syrah fruit from the ‘Georges Road’ vineyard, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine on skins 22-26 days and aged 19 months in 33% new French oak barriques. 250 cases made. 18.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $45.00

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