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2014 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Syrah

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The Woodthorpe vineyard has had quite a history. It went from a military camp to a staging post back in the day, before becoming a racetrack for over 50-years in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The only racing that happens now is the race to pour another glass from this top notch NZ producer. Vibrant scents of fragrant red and black fruits adorn the nose, together with a lick of fruit toast. The palate is soft and fruit-driven with mocha notes and a smooth, spicy finish. It's top value, medium-term drinking that punches well above its weight, and would match well with braised lamb chops.

Winemaker's Notes

Vinification

The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of viognier, then destemmed and co-fermented. The resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 10 months' maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg white fining before being bottled in December 2013.

Maturation

Mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 10 months' maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked.

Appearance

Dark crimson colour

Aroma

Complex characters of raspberry, red plum and boysenberry together with notes of lavender, cinnamon and five spice.

Palate

The concentrated palate is immediately syrupy in texture, and balanced by firm powdery tannins that provide great length to the sweet red berry fruit flavours.

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

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2014 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Syrah

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Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Deep purple/red colour and a pronounced peppery aroma, fresh and clean. The wine is medium-bodied and crisp in the mouth; fresh and lively with balanced acid and tannins and just a light, nicely judged grip on the end - which also tastes peppery. Very good and very much a cool-climate Shiraz style.
2017 - 2030
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