Top 10 New Zealand Syrah

news  %tages Top 10 New Zealand SyrahThere's never been a better time to drink New Zealand Syrah, according to Decanter expert Bob Campbell MW. Learn his top 10 New Zealand Syrah. Surprise an expert and choose any one of these 10 New Zealand Syrah and supply it alongsside a glass of excellent Rhone from the same vintage. He or she won’t find it simple to pick the French wine.
New Zealand’s best Syrahs have similar floral, pepper and dark berry notes to many of the wines from the northern Rhone. And when Kiwi winemakers co-ferment their Syrah with a small Viognier, the aromatics and texture of the resulting wine are remarkably like Cote-Rotie.
New Zealand’s top Syrah regions are Waiheke Island, just 18km from Auckland, and Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of the North Island. The Waiheke wines tend to be richer and more vinous than the fruit-all ears wines from Hawke’s Bay.

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Craggy Range, Le Sol, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Intensly aromatic Syrah with dark berry and violets leading the payment. Oriental spices and spicy...

Points 98

Matua, Single Vineyard Matheson Syrah, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Seductively sweet and silken-textured Syrah with nearly succulent plum and dark berry...

Points 97

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Esk Valley, Winemakers Reserve Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Fermented in open-top concrete fermenters (unusual in NZ, common in the Rhône)...

Points 97

Sacred Hill, Deerstalkers Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Very Rhôney, with Hermitage- like intensity. A core of dark berry fruits, violet and black pepper...

Points 97

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Te Mata, Bullnose Syrah, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Te Mata, Bullnose Syrah, Hawke’s Bay 2013 19/20pts (96/100) Elegant, powerful Syrah with intense dark berry fruit, violets and mixed More…

Points 96

Man O’War, Dreadnought Waiheke Island 2013

September 10, 2015

Huge, dense Syrah with sweet plum, cassis, liquorice, mocha and nutty oak flavours...

Points 96

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Cable Bay, Reserve Syrah, Waiheke Island 2013

September 10, 2015

Co-fermented with 2% Viognier to give a silken-textured Syrah with lifted aromas...

Points 96

Vidal, Legacy Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Slick, classy Syrah with a seamless, silky texture and predictable varietal flavours of plum...

Points 96

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Bilancia, La Collina, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013

September 10, 2015

Syrah that has been built for the long-haul. Fermenting on whole clusters...

Points 96

Passage Rock, Reserve Syrah, Waiheke Island 2013

September 10, 2015

From grapes grown on the oldest Syrah vines on Waiheke Island. Dense, ripe...

Points 95

Many winemakers believe that an 800-hectare river bed in Hawke’s Bay called Gimblett Gravels is the country’s sweet Syrah spot. Others disagree, pointing http://1000-facts-about-wine.com to hillside vineyards that in favourable vintages can produce very special wine indeed. Half of my top ten choices are from Gimblett Gravels, including three of my first four.
There has never been a better time to buy and drink New Zealand Syrah. The 2013 vintage was univerally hailed as Hawke’s Bay’s best ever and Waiheke also experienced near perfect harvest conditions.
These 2013s are just starting to hit UK wine shelves now. But don’t worry if you miss out – 2014 is runoured to be nearly as excellent, although I have yet to taste enough wines to support the claim.
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