Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ 2016 and 2015 Syrah

08-Feb-2018

The Northland region presents its own challenges to grapegrowing, with humidity and disease pressures a significant factor on the health of the fruit. Strong viticultural practices are required to ensure that quality will be retained for good wine. Selected grape varieties have proven their ability to work in the region. At Eric and Sandra Shackleton’s ‘Waitapu Estate’ in Kaitaia, Pinotage and Syrah have become the flagship varieties and wine. I recently reviewed the 2016 and 2015 Waitapu ‘Reef View’ Pinotages (click here to see). The variety produces distinctive wines with savoury mulberry fruit and a unique lifted character. The wines are intriguing and have a place in providing diversity. The flavours and style of Syrah are more recognisable among wine drinkers, and this has resulted in this variety growing in repute for the Northland region. I believe it will become the premier red there. Here, I review the 2016 and 2015 Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View Syrahs from the Shackleton’s 2.5 ha vineyard. The wines are made at the nearby Karikari Estate. They reflect the relative strengths of each vintage, as did the Pinotage wines I reviewed. This is the third time I’ve seen the 2015, and it appears to be improving with time. www.waitapuestate.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Syrah 2016
  • Waitapu Estate ‘Reef View’ Northland Syrah 2015

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