Rod McDonald ‘Trademark’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jul-2016
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has a powerfully concentrated nose with a deep and intense heart of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with layers of black pepper, liquorice, Asian spices, tar and minerals, unfolding dark red and violet florals. The nose has great penetration and waves of intermingling detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned, but very concentrated, unfolding rich, luscious and succulent flavours of ripe blackberry fruits along with black pepper, liquorice, spices and piquant florals. Mineral and earth elements add complexing detail. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, flowery tannins providing considerable extraction, structure and mouthfeel. The fruit sweetness and textures are in wonderful balance, with integrated acidity adding to the richness and energy. The palate carries to a very long and sustained finish with rich fruit and firm, fine grip. This is a very rich and structured Syrah with layers of black fruits and complexing liquorice, pepper and minerally detail. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 10+ years. 100% Syrah, a mix of clones including MS, from the ‘Bridge Pa’ and ‘Hillside’ vineyards, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 24 months in French oak, 80% new. 19.5/20 Jul 2016 RRP $80.00

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