SOHO ‘Valentina’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2012

Syrah from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 05-Aug-2013
Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with light purple on rim. The bouquet is very fine, tightly bound and elegant, showing aromas of black fruits and black florals, revealing black pepper, spicy herbs, earthy liquorice, and oak char and cedar. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, fine and intense flavours of black berry and plum fruits, spices and pepper are intermixed with florals, spices and pepper. Detailed and complex nuances of reductive char and oak toast emerge in the glass. The extraction is refined and discreet acidity enhances the fruit sweetness. This is very fine-featured and the mouthfeel is smooth flowing. The palate has a good line, leading to a very long, lingering finish with florals and spices. This is an elegant and refined Syrah with spicy, and black and floral fruit flavours. Match with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked Syrah from SOHO’s ‘Onetangi’ vineyard fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. 18.5/20 Aug 2013 RRP $45.00

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