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Haha Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

17 December,2018

The Haha brand has is one of the success stories of the New Zealand wine industry especially considering it is a ‘virtual winery’. Starting at the end of 2011 with the release of a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir made from Marlborough fruit selected by John Belsham, the range has grown enormously to encompass a broad range of varieties, from different regions, and the involvement of different winemakers. The wines offer very good value, and have found a strong demand in export and overseas distribution. New to the Haha range is a Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018, made by Ant Mackenzie. I review the wine here.


Haha Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Dark, even ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with up-front ripe fruit aromas of dark plums with boysenberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit, and an amalgam of violet florals, jam and a little confectionary. The aromatics are primary, uncomplicated, and accessible. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich, un-front, and uncomplicated, sweet and luscious flavours of ripe dark plums, a little liquorice along with boysenberries and blueberry jam, along with fragrant florals, and confectionary notes. The mouthfeel is soft and supported by light, supple tannins with integrated acidity. The flavours carry to a long, juicy, sweet finish with light textural grip. This is an up-front, primary-fruited Syrah with sweet plum, boysenberry and blueberry jam flavours on a supple-textured palate. Serve with pasta, pizza and barbecued fare over the next 2-3 years. The Hawke’s Bay fruit, a blend of 99% Syrah with 1% Viognier, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine given oak contact. 16.5+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $24.99

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