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Paritua 2015 Hawke’s Bay Syrah and ‘Red’

06 September,2018

Paritua is a Hawke’s Bay label that is making its mark on the fine wine scene. Established in 2001, it was acquired by a group of New Zealand Chinese business people in 2011 who have enabled the further growth of the wine in market reach and quality. With 53 ha of vines and a modern winery (and a cellar door to be opened soon) on Maraekakaho Road in the Bridge Pa district, the focus is on Bordeaux-varietal reds (click here to see my reviews of the 2014 ‘Red’ and ’21.12’). However, Syrah and Chardonnay are also performing very well for chief winemaker Jason Stent, since 2010. Here, I review the 2015 Syrah’ and ‘Red’.


Paritua Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with aromas of ripe blackberries and black plums, and nuances of dark raspberries along with black pepper, Asian spices and an amalgam of liquorice and violet florals. This has excellent depth and detail. Full-bodied, the palate is rich and lusciously sweet, with plush, ripe fruit flavours of blackberries and black plums with dark raspberry nuances, complexed by pepper, liquorice and spices. The fruit forms a firmly packed core with plenty of drive, and considerable grainy tannin structure in support. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine carries to a fulsome, solid and dense finish. This is a rich and lusciously sweet Syrah with plush blackberry, plum and raspberry fruit with pepper, spices and liquorice on a firm palate with plenty of structure. Match with roasted and grilled game meat over the next 7-10+ years. Fruit destemmed and partially crushed with fermentation of approx. 20% whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 50% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Sep 2018RRP $49.00

Paritua ‘Red’ Hawke’s Bay 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Full, deep, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with deep and powerful aromas of ripe black plums along with blackberries and soft notes of blackcurrants and cassis. Suggestions of dark herbs, black minerals and earthy elements, along with fresh herbs and currants add to the complexity. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and succulently sweet flavours of ripe plums with lovely poised notes of blackberries and blackcurrants with cassis lift. The fruit has vitality and is enlivened by fine acidity, The fruit forms a fine-textured concentrated core with excellent linearity, and is supported by excellent tannin structure and liveliness that carries the wine to a long, bright, sweet finish. This is a beautifully sweet and rich, vibrant Merlot-blended wine with fine concentration and structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 8-10+ years. A blend of 74% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 24 months in 40% new French oak. 19.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $49.00

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