I first tried this wine at a local tasting event and it completely stole the show. Needless to say, I picked up a bottle and have finally got around to giving this wine the attention it deserves.
This is a fantastic Rhone style Syrah from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. A vibrant solid ruby to the eye, this wine presents the depth expected with the Syrah grape.
The nose greets you with structured dark fruits, blackberry jam and smoked meats. This is a wonderfully fragrant, complex and exciting example of the variety.
Initial taste is prominent in big blackberry fruit flavours, leading into more savoury, earthy notes with a green peppercorn spice. There is a great balance of fruit and acidity with good body and length, with a decadently candied finish thrown in for good measure.
Overall this is a great Rhone style Syrah with bright new world fruits. Although traditional in style, this is a wonderfully complex wine that refuses to be pigeon-holed!