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Schubert Wairarapa 2015 Syrah and 2014 ‘Con Brio’

27 September,2018

Schubert Wines is best-known for its Pinot Noirs, particularly the flagships ‘Block B’ and ‘Marion’s Vineyard produced from their main vineyard on Dakins Road, East Taratahi. However, Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling make some unusual wines that reflect their German training, European background and global perspectives. One such wine is their Syrah, a variety deemed more suited to a more northerly location, but finding a home in ‘Marion’s Vineyard’, and their ‘Con Brio’ a three variety blend, a wine which Kai calls his "Rioja wine”, the name meaning "with passion”. Here, I review the 2015 Syrah and 2014 ‘Con Brio’. Both wines are more akin to European styles with their savouriness.


Schubert Wairarapa Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Dark, deepred colour with garnet hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly packed and intense with deep aromas of savoury dark-red and black berried fruits along with oak spice, black pepper and layers of complexing earthy notes along with game and undergrowth, unfolding violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and well-concentrated core of savoury dark-red and blackberry fruit entwined with spice, pepper and earth, unfolding some dark herb and game nuances intermixed with violet florals. The fruit richness and vibrancy is underlined by good tannin extraction and structure with lacy acidity providing energy and tension. The wine carries to a lingering finish of spices and pepper. This is a rich, concentrated, savoury Syrah with earthy dark berry fruit, spices, pepper with nuances of game and dark herbs on a vigorous palate with structure and tension. Match with roasted game meat dishes over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit from ‘Marion’s Vineyard’, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 30 months in 35% new French oak barriques. Certified BioGro organic. 163 cases made. 18.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $65.00

Schubert ‘Con Brio’ Wairarapa 2014

Blended Red from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Full, dark red colour ith garnet hues and a little bricking on the edge. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-packed and deep aromas of savoury and earthy dark-red berry fruits along with dark plums, notes of undergrowth and dried herbs, unfolding some piquant floral elements. This has a little robustness and rusticity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a harmonious core with layers of sweet and savoury flavours of red berry fruits with plums and earth, a touch of pepper, oak spice and nuttiness with dried herbs. The fruit flavours are concentrated and the wine possesses good mouthfeel and presence with richness. Fine tannin structure underlines the fruit and the acidity is balanced. The wine carries positively to a lingering savoury, spicy, earthy finish. This is a robust, savoury fruited red blend with layers of flavour and fine structure. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 5 years. A blend of Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir from ‘Marion’s Vineyard’ with a small portion of the Syrah from the ‘Home’ block, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 48 months in 35% new French oak barriques. Certified BioGro organic. 152 cases made. 17.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $55.00

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