Waipara will always be a very marginal sort of place to be growing Syrah (or Shiraz if you roll that way) though this marginal nature can also make for potentially some very fine wines. Here it makes for a light, spicy and slightly herbal red with all sorts of meaty spiciness going on. If you appreciate the lighter shades of Syrah/Shiraz this may well be right up your alley.
We are very passionate about this variety. It is relatively new to Waipara, however it has shown itself to have immense potential. With little intervention our winemaking is entirely geared toward expressing the unique landscape in which the fruit it is grown. Fermentation is in small vats with indigenous yeast, and plunged by hand. The wine is then stored in French oak barriques for 10-18 months during which time it undergoes malolactic fermentation. Very low cropping levels with the warm days and cool nites produce a rich full bodied wine with velvety tannins and great finesse.
Terrace Edge Awards & Accolades
"A superbly ripe and elegant Syrah displaying dark plum, game, spice and a touch of dried fruit characters on the nose. The palate is succulent and rounded with lovely mid palate weight and plenty of polished tannins. A generously flavoured and sumptuous wine with gentle savoury complexity." 4.5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit NZ
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