Squawking Magpie ‘The Chatterer’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 01-Apr-2015
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a tightly bound, intensely aromatic nose of ripe black and dark red berried fruits entwined with black pepper, dark inky mineral and earthy notes. Spices, violet florals, white pepper and herbal elements unfold with aeration. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, flavours of dark red berry fruits show with black and white pepper notes. This has a succulent juiciness, the mouthfeel enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. The fruit is slender and focussed, flowing smoothly, guided by fine-grained tannins to a moderately long finish with pepper and spicy nuances. This is an elegant, smooth-flowing, peppery Syrah with spicy interest. Match with lamb, beef and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Syrah fruit, 60% from the Gimblett Gravels, the remainder Hawke’s Bay, fully barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 10% new French oak. A second bottling, Lot No. A189. 17.5-/20 Apr 2015 RRP $24.95 Very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has an elegant and aromatic nose of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit, with nuances of boysenberries, entwined with spices, black pepper and violet florals and a suggestion of Syrah reduction and minerals. Medium-bodied, soft, lush, ripe fruit flavours of black and red berry fruits are the feature on palate. The flavours are sweet and juicy, enlivened by the acidity, with aromatic spices and floral notes providing some exotic detail. The fruit exuberance is moderated by supple tannins, providing a balanced, vinous mouthfeel that carries to a stylish, lingering finish. This is an elegant, aromatic, supple and softly juicy Syrah with soft textures. Serve with lamb and beef, and with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4-5 years. 98.5% Syrah and 1.5% Merlot, fermented to 13.0% alc., all of the wine aged 6 months in oak. 17.5+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $24.95

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