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2016 Syrah SV5182


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Syrah is a labour of love for us here at Te Whare Ra. There are very few producers in the area who make this variety – so it is a bit left field for Marlborough – but our site is warmer than many, which means we have the length of growing season required and our soil type is well suited. This wine is our ninth release of Syrah and is a blend of four different clones planted on the home vineyard. It exhibits the great fragrance and suppleness that we love about cool climate Syrah and might just surprise a few doubters.

Tasting Notes

This Syrah exhibits fragrant notes of mulberry, black pepper and violets with some complex savoury notes and hints of coffee and spice. The ripe, supple tannins combine with concentrated flavours of mulberries and omega plums and spice. The palate carries onto more savoury and complex flavours and finishes with a lingering persistence of fruit, fine tannin and well integrated oak.

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Sam Kim – 95 Points 
This is magnificent; perfumed aromas of Black Doris plum, blueberry compote, violet, black pepper and toasted nuts lead to a concentrated palate that is pristine and seductively silky. The wine exhibits terrific fruit purity together with elegance and persistence, brilliantly framed by loads of polished tannins. A seamlessly woven wine promising to evolve gracefully.

Nick Stock – 94 Points
Impressive, spicy dark plums and blackberries with attractive, white peppery fragrance. The palate has a smooth array of mixed berries with chocolate chiming in at the finish. Great depth and concentration and good aging potential.           

Bob Campbell MW – 92 Points
Supple, bright, high energy Syrah in a greener, edgier style than most with violet, raspberry, white and black pepper and a suggestion of fresh herb flavours. The texture is silken and accessible        

Raymond Chan – 5 stars
Full, very dark, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is tightly bound with concentrated and intense aromas of blackberries and notes of dark raspberries, along with black pepper and softly expressed Asian spices. This has excellent concentration, richness and depth. Medium-bodied, the palate has concentrated flavours of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit, entwined with notes of black pepper, unfolding dark herbs melded with Asian spices. The fruit richness is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction with soft, integrated acidity lending a smooth mouthfeel. The flavours lead to a soft, sustained finish. This is a beautifully rich and finely concentrated Syrah with blackberry, raspberry, pepper and spice flavours on a fine-grained palate. Match with lamb and venison, and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 6+ years.        

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