Mission VS 2016 Chardonnay and 2015 Syrah, and 2015 Reserve Syrah and Cabernet

26-Oct-2016
The core business of Mission Estate is in the accessible, fruit-focussed ‘Estate’ range of wines that are sourced from the company’s Hawke’s Bay and Awatere Valley vineyards. These wines offer consistent varietal character and regional expression at consumer friendly prices. As with any serious wine producer, Mission has different levels and tiers of wines. The ‘Vineyard Selection’ are a range of good value wines that source fruit from selected vineyards to maintain the consistency of a style under that label, this being a slightly different philosophy to that of the ‘Estate’ wines. With this different perspective comes a rise in wine quality. However, a significant step up are the ‘Reserve’ wines, made to a quality criterion. These wines are in essence the ‘premium’ wines of Mission Estate. I note that the latest ‘Reserve’ reds bear the moniker ‘Barrique Reserve’ indicating greater emphasis on the use of oak in styles and varieties suited to its use. Here, I review the new ‘Vineyard Selection’ 2016 Chardonnay and Syrah 2015, plus the 2015 ‘Barrique Reerve’ Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. www.missionestate.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
  • Mission ‘Barrique Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015
  • Mission ‘Barrique Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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