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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Syrah 2017

30 March,2018

The Syrah variety performs extremely well in Gisborne, judging from the examples I’ve tasted over the years, For some time, it was thought that Merlot may be the best red variety for the region, and indeed the most planted red is Merlot with 73 ha of the 1,350 ha total. Pinot Noir is after that, with around 40 ha, mostly destined for sparkling. Syrah comes in at a lowly <1.5 ha officially, but as with other regions, this is from a small base. I believe there is considerable potential for Syrah in Gisborne. It appears to perform well in a wide range of growing conditions and seasons, producing creditable wine, where other reds would fail to do so.

Steve and Eileen Voysey planted Syrah from the start of their Spade Oak venture, and the variety appears in the top-end ‘Vigneron’, innovative ‘Heart of Gold’ and value ‘Voysey’ ranges. The latter has been a runaway success, and for the 2017 vintage, all the Syrah went into the ‘Voysey’ tier. Here, I review the new release 2017 Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Syrah, made from what many deem a very challenging vintage, but one that Steve and Eileen are very pleased with the resultant wines.


Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Syrah 2017

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne


Even ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is up-front and openly accessible with vibrant aromas showing dark cherry and raspberry fruit intermixed with blackberries, white and black pepper, and whole berry fermentation floral and confectionary nuances. This is fragrant and pretty in expression. Light-medium bodied, the palate has sweet and fragrant fruit flavours of dark-red cherries and raspberries, along with red florals, subtle notes of white pepper and whole berry confectionary elements. The fruitiness is underlined by light, but definite, fine, grainy tannin extraction lending grip to the mouthfeel, the acidity balanced and integrated. The sweet fruit carries with good drive and line to a lingering finish. This is an up-front, fragrant and accessible Syrah with berry, raspberry, floral and confectionary flavours on a light, grainy palate. Serve with antipasto, tapas, pasta and barbecued fare over the next 3+ years. A blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.2% alc., with 90% of the wine aged 6 months in French oak with 30% new equivalence. 16.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $19.95

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