Tasting Notes: Violets, dark berries and a touch of spice on the nose. The palate is fleshy with a beautiful earthiness, generous fruit and a subtle thyme character. The tannins are chalky and give great length and power. Fruity with a savoury finish.
Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Varieties: 100% Syrah
Closure: Cork with wax seal
Pairing: Slow-cooked, hearty casseroles
More Info: Hand-harvested fruit with a mixture of destemmed and whole cluster went into an open top where it was left to soak for a few days before starting fermentation. The ferment was managed with a mixture of gentle pump-overs and plunging and was left on skins for a total of four weeks. It was pressed into French-oak barriques, of which 43% were new. The wine then went through spontaneous malolactic fermentation in the spring. It was racked once, aged in oak for a total of 18 months then blended and bottled.