Church Bay Reserve Syrah 2020, Waiheke Island

Syrah from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 25-Nov-2022
Deep ruby-red with a purple undertone, lighter on edge. This has a rich, broody bouquet with aromas of violet entwined with blackberry, dark plum, bergamot, spice and mealiness. Full-bodied, mealy blackberry and dark plum aromas have a savoury edge, enveloping black pepper, violet, bergamot and dark cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth, filled with fine-grained ripe, yet firm tannin. Plush, lively acidity persists and lends a long, elegant finish. This enticing, broody Syrah possesses rich fruit and floral components, fine-structured tannin and a persistent, long finish. Match with venison backstrap and lamb cutlets over the next 6-8 years. Fermented to 13% alc, aged 15 months in barrels. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Nov 2022 RRP $37.99

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