Staete Landt ‘Arie’ Marlborough Syrah 2011

Syrah from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 16-May-2015
Hand-picked fruit from the 2 warmest blocks of the ‘Staete Landt’ vineyard, clones 470, Chave and Old Clone, destemmed and given a cold soak, fermented with 20-30% whole berries to 13.3% alc., the wine spending 30-40 days on skins post-ferment and aged 21 months in 30% new French oak barriques. Full, dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on rim. The bouquet is full and broad with complex, savoury, ripe black fruit aromas harmoniously melded with dried and fresh herbs, black pepper, earth and game. This is showing secondary development and interest. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of blackberries are lusciously rich, and showing savoury earth and game notes, with herbs and pepper adding to the complexity. Supple tannins support the fruit, providing a balanced structure and texture, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by lacy acidity. The wine carries with good tension, the fruit core leading to a savoury, cedary and well-concentrated, lingering finish. This is a rich, lively, well-concentrated, supple Syrah with black fruit flavours and savoury secondary development. Math with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 5-6 years. 18.0-/20 May 2015 RRP $49.00

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