Church Road ‘TOM’ Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-May-2017
Impenetrable, saturated black-red colour. The nose is soft and fully voluminous with deep, stylishly restrained aromas of ripe blackberry fruit and black plums, harmoniously melded with Asian spices, liquorice, black pepper, unfolding violet and dark-red florals, with new oak shine. This is beautifully integrated. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe blackberry and dark raspberries are entwined with black plums, liquorice, and an array of spices. Floral and oak detail unfold, and the flavours grow in density and depth. The mouthfeel is very fine-textured, the wine flows smoothly and seamlessly along a refined line. Layers of aromatic spices and floral unfold, unveiling exotic componentry, leading to a very long, soft, very fine-textured and integrated finish. This is a beautifully rich and succulently sweet-fruited Syrah of wonderful harmony and presence. The wine will be gorgeous drinking over the next 6+ years. MS clone fruit from the ‘Redstone’ vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 31 days on skins and aged 22 months in 71% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 May 2017 RRP $200.00 Very dark black-red colour with youthful purple on the edge. The nose is refined and seamlessly interwoven with integrated and harmonious aromas of ripe black-berried fruits and plums with liquorice, soft spices, nuances of pepper and Mediterranean spices. This has an edge of decadence and exoticism to the aromatics. Medium-full bodied, the flavours are refined and still tightly bound, if not reserved in expression. The flavour emerge with piquancy and detail, showing an array of ripe black fruits, black pepper, spices and florals. The mouthfeel is seamless, with very fine, flowery tannins and significant, but stylish extraction. This has power, piquancy and poise, the concentrated flavours flowing seamlessly to a very long, intense, sustained finish. This will keep 8-10 years easily. MS clone fruit from the ‘Redstone’ vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending31 days on skins and aged 22 months in 71% new French oak barriques. 19.5-/20 May 2016 RRP $200.00

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