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Postage Stamp 2017 ‘Genevievre’ Rosé and 2016 ‘View East’ Syrah

19 September,2017
Last year, Auckland entrepreneur Andrew Barnes purchased the ‘View East’ Waiheke Island vineyard of the late Darren Day and his wife Brigit to form Postage Stamp Wines. The vineyard on Cowes Road measures 1.5 ha and is planted wholly to Syrah. The 2016 Rosé was the first wine made under the new ownership. Andrew has added Marsanne and Roussanne, to his portfolio, planted in the ‘Maara Waina’ vineyard, and these will bear in 2018. He has also taken over a small Chardonnay vineyard, named ‘Arae’, so the Postage Stamp brand will have some breadth in coming releases. The vineyards are tended by Matthew Stone, who is viticulturist and general manager of Postage Stamp Wines. The winemaker is Mike Wood, of Obsidian. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Genevieve’ Rosé and 2016 ‘View East’ Syrah.


Postage Stamp ‘Genevieve’ ‘View East Vineyard’ Waiheke Island Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

Light cerise-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim with light purple tints. The nose is fresh with a gently concentrated, rich heart of strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate, with red floral notes, a little confectionary and suggestions of mouthwatering minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of raspberries, strawberries and pomegranate, revealing red florals and confectionary with mineral elements. The wine has plenty of presence and soft fruit extract textures, along with lacy acidity which carries the wine to a dry, thirst-quenching finish. This is a gently concentrated dry rosé with weight and fruit extract, showing raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate fruit flavours along with a mouthwatering confectionary and mineral amalgam. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Syrah from the ‘View East’ vineyard, cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS, the wine aged in stainless-steel for 2 month. 110 dozen made. 17.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $24.95

Postage Stamp ‘View East’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

Ruby-red colour with some depth and light purple hues, paler on the rim. The nose is somewhat shy and retrained initially, with finely packed, taut aromas of blackberry fruit and subtle notes of dark raspberries and black pepper, unfolding nuances of earth and black minerals. Medium-bodied, the palate is restrained in expression, but shows moderately concentrated flavours of savoury blackberry fruit entwined with piquant spice notes along with black pepper and earth. The fruit is guided by fine-grained tannin structure and grip, providing the palate with good presence and line. The acidity is balanced and integrated. The wine unfolds layers of spice and pepper as it flows to a lingering finish. This is a moderately concentrated Syrah, initially taut and shy, but unfolds savoury black fruits with spice and pepper, and a grainy textured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 5+ years. 100% Syrah from the ‘View East’ vineyard, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. 280 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $49.95
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