Redmetal 2016 Syrah and 2015 Basket Press Syrah

01-Jun-2017
The ‘Redmetal’ Hawke’s Bay label of Grant and Sue Edmonds has seen a variable path since its first vintage of 1996. The initial wines rode the crest of the Merlot wave as winegrowers and consumers became enamoured with a variety that was more reliable than Cabernet Sauvignon. With Grant’s appointment as chief winemaker at Sileni Estates, his focus shifted, and the Redmetal wines moved along more quietly, under the wings of the marketing and distribution team at Sileni Estate. However, Grant wanted to see a return to form at Redmetal, which involved a more hands-on approach to the grapegrowing and winemaking. This happened in 2011 with the return of Nigel Davies, former Sileni Estates winemaker, from sabbatical. He took over the 7 ha site on Marekakaho Road, and began a programme of more intensive and detailed winemaking. When Nigel was called back into the fold at Sileni Estates, his wife Bron, fully versed in viticulture and winemaking, took over. Bron has just left, but between Grant and Nigel, they have picked up from the progress made.

One of the more important developments has been the planting (top grafting) of Syrah in the Redmetal Vineyard, yielding a crop in in 2009. There are now 1.4 ha of the variety in the vineyard, MS clone planted (top grafted) in 2007, and clones 470 and 174 planted in 2014. The first commercial Syrah wine was the 2012, made in an accessible style to partner the entry-level Merlot/Franc. It was a challenging cool year, but the wine was a success. Since then has come a number of very smart Redmetal Syrahs, the 2013 and 2014 vintages yielding ‘Basket Press’ level bottlings. Here, I review the new release 2016 Redmetal Syrah and 2015 ‘Basket Press’ Syrah. www.redmetalvineyards.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Redmetal Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016
  • Redmetal ‘Basket Press’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

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