Te Awanga Estate ‘Trademark’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Nov-2018
Dark, deep, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly voluminous with well-concentrated and refined, taut aromas of ripe black berried fruits with nuances of black plums and hints of dark raspberries, unfolding some liquorice and spice, and complexing mineral detail. Some game notes emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation but shows intense and firmly-packed flavours of ripe blackberry fruit along with an amalgam of black plums, liquorice, spices and earthy, mineral complexities. The flavours are beautifully refined in expression and supported by considerable extraction, the tannins very fine-grained and flowery. This has concentration and linearity, the acidity integrated, and the wine flows with positive drive to a long and sustained finish of black fruits, with dark floral elements unfolding. This is a refined and concentrated black-fruited Syrah with liquorice, spices and minerals on a well-structured, fine-grained palate with length. Match with roasted game meats and semi-hard cheeses over the next 10+ years. 100% Syrah, hand-picked fruit from two sites, one in Bridge Pa on red metal soils and a north-facing limestone hillside, fully destemmed but with no crushing, leaving whole berries, given 5-10 days cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 21-28 days on skins and 20 months in 65% new French oak barriques. A selection of the best barrels. 150 dozen made. 19.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $90.00

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