Ata Rangi ‘Juliet’ Martinborough Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Jun-2015
Named in remembrance of Juliet Hensley, owner of the ‘Kahu’ vineyard from where the fruit was sourced. Hand-harvested from a small, single block, undergoing pre-fermentation maceration and un-inoculated ferment to 13.5% alc., the wine spent up to 24 days on skins and was aged 11 months in 20% new French oak. Very full, even, black-hued purple-ruby colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and very tightly bound initially, with finely concentrated aromas of black berries, black pepper, Asian spices and complexing minerally reduction. With aeration the reduction dissipates, and raspberry liqueur, aromatic herbs, violet florals and exotic perfumes blossom. Medium-full bodied, juicy, fleshy and lively flavours of spicy black berries, black pepper, raspberries and violet florals fill the palate with richness. The reductive minerally notes fade and integrate with the spiciness. The fruit has vitality and vibrancy, with enlivening acidity, and the mouthfeel is elegant with fine, flowery tannins in support. The sweet, succulent and aromatic fruit carries to a very long and sustained, fine-featured finish. This is a rich, juicy, succulent black-fruited spicy Syrah with complex minerally notes, exotic aromatics and refined tannin structure. Match with game meat and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 8-10 years. 19.0-/20 May 2015 RRP $60.00

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