Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2011

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Nov-2013
The second blend of this label, the fruit from an old riverbed vineyard, west of Hastings. Hand-picked Syrah destemmed, given a soak and fermented with uncrushed berries to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 3 weeks post ferment and aged 18 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Very dark, black-hued ruby-red with lighter purple hues on rim. The nose is very fine and softly packed with attractively aromatic black berry fruit harmoniously entwined with black pepper, revealing some white pepper, and Asian spices. Medium-bodied, the flavours of ripe black fruits, spicy dried plums and liquorice are initially restrained, but grow in expression. Oaking is very sensitive. The feature of the palate is the soft, smooth textures and harmoniously integrated mouthfeel. The acidity is discreet and the supple, fine-grained tannins build in presence forming an elegant core, carrying the flavours to a very long, lingering finish of plums and liquorice. This is a smooth and refined Syrah that builds in plum and liquorice flavours and structure. Serve with Asian duck and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 5+ years. 18.0/20 Nov 2013 RRP $31.99 Full, dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with slight purple hues. This has an intensely fragrant nose of white and black pepper which unfolds aromas of dark red florals, red berries, spicy oak and game with nuances of minerally reduction. Medium-full bodied, gentle flavours of black and red fruits are harmoniously entwined with restrained Asian spices, peppery notes and balanced oak. This has good presence, and the mouthfeel is soft with supple tannins underlining the palate. The acidity is discreet and softly drives the flavour amalgam of spices, liquorice and pepper to a long finish. Attractively aromatic and peppery, this is a soft-textured, but weighty Syrah with liquorice and peppery flavours to match with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked fruit indigenous yeast fermented to 14.4% alc., the wine aged 18 months in new and seasoned French oak. 17.5+/20 RRP $32.99

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