expert reviews about
2013 Salo Hawkes Bay Syrah
Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
Wines by Steve Flamsteed and Dave Mackintosh. Very good wines, if you’ve kept up with their trajectory. Decent humans too, and a whole other aesthetic giving context to the wines, if you consider their very deep and pronounced interest in food, art, music, contemporary culture and history (interesting people to chat to). This wine is from a pretty bloody good vintage in Hawkes Bay too. It’s a ferrous, graphite-like mineral riddled wine. From the outset it’s all about earth, iron filings, wet stones, before you get to black fruits, plums, cedar. Bold scents. In the palate, medium bodied, some juiciness but more lean, trim, taut and pushes with dark fruit and graphite/stone mineral suggestions. Tannins ripple and firm up the mouth. It’s speaks eloquently of the variety from the place, but with a wild streak that takes me back for more. It’s sensational.2015 - 2025
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Deep, youthful, bright red/purple, with a lifted bouquet of crushed pink peppercorns and mixed spices. The wine is medium to full-bodied and elegant, tight and stately, with firm structure and appealing balance. The texture is fine-grained: a very approachable and enjoyable cool-climate style.