One Off ‘The Syrah Hunter’ Hawke’s Bay 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 05-Jul-2016
Inspired by the Maurice O’Shea Shiraz/Pinot blend of the Hunter Valley. This is a blend of 76% Syrah from Redmetal vineyards and 24% Pinot Noir from Maraekakaho, the fruit hand-picked, indigenous yeast fermented with 100% whole berries to 12.5% alc., the wine spending up to 35 days on skins and 12 months in approx. 45% new French oak barriques. Dark, moderately deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with ripe dark red and blackberry fruit of Syrah, showing savoury black pepper and spice notes, entwined with dark raspberry Pinot Noir fruit intermingling with dark herbs along with funky, savoury game elements and undergrowth elements. Medium-bodied, soft, interwoven flavours of ripe blackberry fruit, dark raspberries black pepper and florals feature on the palate with savoury spices, herbs and undergrowth. Some funky game elements unfold. The mouthfeel is bright and lively and the fruit is supported by supple tannins and crisp acidity. The wine carries to a lively finish with subtly rich flavours of raspberries, herb and game. This is a youthful blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir which captures both varieties of a fresh, supple, youthful palate. Some funky flavours are present and the wine will benefit with another year in bottle to harmonise. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 4+ years. 17.5/20 Jul 2016 RRP $34.99

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