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2019 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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Bob Campbell MW – 92 Points  – 2019 Vintage
From a warm, dry vintage. Fragrant cool-climate Syrah with floral, violet, white and black pepper, fresh herbs, blueberry and subtle chocolate-mocha oak flavours. A bright, fresh wine that is approachable now but should develop well with bottle age. Drink 2021–2026

Rebecca Gibb MW – 93 Points – 2019 Vintage
I love cool-climate Syrah for its fragrance, lift and finesse, and this delivers.  I’m always delighted to see delicate notes of peppercorns and agave (I also love good tequila, so I’m a sucker for this) alongside ripe red berries and a background not of violets.  this is derived from low yields (about 30% down due to rain during flowering, followed by an arid summer), which is evident in the inky concentration and depth on the sweetly fruited midpalate.  However, it remains relatively delicate with vibrant acidity, allowing it to hop, skip and dance along the palate.  there’s a mere pinch of tannin on the finish, holding the palate together.  Full of joy and energy, this is incredibly young but provides lot s of pleasure now and will continue to do so in the coming 5-8 years – and perhaps beyond

Sam Kim – 96 Points
From their Home Vineyard in Renwick, this is a magnificent rendition. The delightfully perfumed bouquet shows black and purple berry, violet, dried herb and olive notes. It’s wonderfully weighted and mouthfilling on the palate exhibiting supple fleshy texture backed by loads of fine tannins. Impeccably proportioned and structured for slow evolvement. Certified organic. At its best: 2024 to 2037.

Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points 
Complex, varietal, floral, a deep core of minerality and soft white pepper bouquet. Flavours of wild and fresh raspberry, black currant, violets and sweet meats, fine silty mineral core and layers of barrel spice and toastiness. Plenty of tannin and a back bone of acidity with youthfully firm yet polished tannin textures – all leading to a lengthy finish. A wine for the cellar – if you can wait till early 2022 – then decant for service and enjoy on its own or with food. Well made, complex and highly recommended.  

Nick Stock – 93 Points
Very attractive, fresh raspberries and blackberries, pepper and spice, as well as deep, floral fragrance. Medium body. Bright, crunchy dark-cherry, blackberry and sweetly spicy flavours. From biodynamically grown grapes

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