Blanket Hills 2012 and Frizzell 2011 Hawke’s Bay Syrah
The commonality of the ‘Blanket Hills’ and ‘Frizzell’ labels is that of the winemaker, Rod McDonald. The ‘Blanket Hills’ wines are Rod’s own and the name refers to the Hawke’s Bay hills that remind him of crumpled blankets on an unmade bed. The wine style of these is "bigger, more voluptuous, and unashamedly comfortable and generous”. (www.rmwines.co.nz) The ‘Frizzell’ wines are made to the taste and specifications of Dick Frizzell, and in styles that appeal to the Kiwi persona, very much as the man’s artwork does. Both labels have found their place and developed a strong following. (www.frizzellwines.co.nz) Here I review the new 2012 Blanket Hills Syrah, and 2011 Frizzell Syrah a second time with an extra 15 months of bottle age. My, what a difference time has made to this wine.
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Blanket Hills ‘Snap Bone’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 22-Aug-2013Very full, black-red colour with purple hues, near impenetrable. The bouquet is softly full and very evenly presented, with aromas of spicy black plum and liquorice fruit, lifted by violetty florals, black pepper and oak, all interwoven harmoniously. Medium-full bodied, this is very finely textured with an elegant core of ripe black berry fruits, spicy plums, sweet oak and pepper. The tannins are very fine-grained and the palate flow is underlined by refined acidity. This is soft, succulent, smooth and seamless, and the flavours are carried to a very gentle, but long lingering finish of Asian spices and liquorice. This is an elegant and smooth textured Syrah with plum, liquorice and spicy flavours. Serve with Asian duck and pork dishes and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from red metal soils, fully destemmed and fermented with a portion of whole berries to 13.4% alc., the wine aged approx. 12 months in barrel. 17.5+/20 Aug 2013 RRP $24.95