Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 29-Mar-2017
Even, dark ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. This has an elegantly presented nose with a firm, concentrated core of dark-red berry fruits with plums, white pepper and liquorice, along with a subtle earthy layer, unfolding ethereal spice and cedar notes. Medium-bodied, the palate has succulently rich flavours of savoury red berry fruits, plums and notes of white pepper, unfolding layers of earth and cedar. The fruit flavours form a rounded but positive core, which is harmoniously balanced by fine, grainy tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The flavours are mouthfilling and flow smoothly to a soft, but lingering finish of savoury red fruits, spices and cedar. This is a harmonious Syrah with rich, savoury red berry, pepper, liquorice and cedar flavours on a ripe, fine-textured palate. Match with wild pork and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. The second bottling of this label, with 12.0% alc. The first bottling was 12.5% alc. Syrah fruit from a site inland west of Hastings, destemmed but not crushed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 16 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 18.0-/20 Mar 2017 RRP $27.99 Dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter edged and youthful in appearance. The nose is softly fresh and elegant and restrained in expression with bright and aromatic aromas of dark raspberry fruit entwined with dark red florals and harmoniously melded notes of dark herbs, spices and black pepper. Medium-bodied, smooth and juicy, sweet flavours of dark raspberries, black berried fruits, red florals and pepper show with stylish restraint. The mouthfeel is refreshing, vibrant and lush with bright, lacy acidity and supple, fine-grained tannins supporting the fruit. Suggestions of complexing reduction add a minerally nuance, and the palate flows to a soft, plush, raspberry fruited finish. This is a plush, juicy, gently-fruited Syrah with bright dark raspberry notes and a supple mouthfeel. Serve with poultry, pork, Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Syrah fruit from a site west of Hastings, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented with whole berries to 12.5% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 16 month in 25% new French oak. 17.5/20 Mar 2016 RRP $27.99

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