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2013 Salo Hawkes Bay Syrah

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Winemaker's Notes

The 2013 season in the Hawkes Bay has been heralded as the best vintage since 1998. We’ve still got some 1998 reds in the cellar and they look remarkable, so time will tell if the 2013 vintage can age so gracefully but we reckon it can live up to the hype.

The growing season saw the same amount of sunshine hours and heat summation as a normal year, but was a lot drier than usual with minimal harvest rain, which has been an issue over the last few seasons. This allowed us to pick at the perfect time and with great flavour intensity.

Our fruit comes from a mixture of soil types including deep gravels that deliver the backbone and intensity, and red clays that lift the aromatics and provide finesse.

Fruit was handpicked and destemmed to open top fermenters with 10% whole bunch included for extra spice. The ferment got nice and warm as we plunged it twice daily over the next two and a half weeks. When the tannins felt right we drained and pressed the ferment to barrels (15% new) to undergo malolactic ferment and ageing without sulphur for as long as possible until bottling.

Our 2013 Salo Syrah shows graphite, pepper and dark plums which are characteristic of the region but has an extra spice level and fruit intensity that we haven’t seen since 2010. It is bold but loose knit on the palate with a fresh, long finish. It will be very exciting to watch this baby grow up.

Bottled in July, 2014.

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2013 Salo Hawkes Bay Syrah

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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.
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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.

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