Syrah Block One 2019

$35.00

Classic cool climate Syrah. Wonderfully weighted elegant wine with sweet fresh cherry and licorice notes combined with subtle oak, hints of spicy fine grained tannin, a velvet mouthfeel and lengthy finish.

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The Season

The Season

A beautiful season. Warm throughout and with very little rainfall. Great conditions over flowering and fruit-set. Towards harvest time the weather was settled, warm and dry – totally ideal and conditions that had many people calling this the harvest of a lifetime. No issues whatsoever and the fruit was harvested early, ripe, clean and in excellent condition.

The Winemaking

The Winemaking

The fruit was crushed & destemmed, with 15% whole bunch addition, into small 1.5tonne open fermenters. Fermentation began naturally after an ambient soak of 2-3 days. The skins were regularly punched down during ferment and the wine spent a total of 20 days cuvaison before each fermenter was pressed, settled and racked to a mix of French oak, 20% new. In oak the wine underwent a natural Malolactic fermentation and spent a total of 11 months in French oak barriques before being racked, blended and bottled in June the following year.

The Vineyard

The Vineyard

The fruit for this wine was hand harvested from the Georges Road vineyard in Waipara. Vineyard soils are predominantly loam and gravel based. The vines are trained to a 2 cane VSP trellis with row spacing at 2.0m and vine spacing at 1.5m. A portion of the vines are at 1.0m. All the vines are of the Mass selected ‘Limmer’ clone on a mix of Riparia Gloire, 3309, 101-14 and Schwarzmann rootstocks. Each parcel of fruit was transported on the day of harvest to the winery for processing. Shoot and extensive crop thinning are employed to ensure optimum fruit quality at relatively low cropping levels of approximately 1kg per vine.

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2016
★★★★ Raymond Chan

2015
★★★★★ Raymond Chan

2014 – None produced

2013
★★★★★ Raymond Chan
Gold & Trophy Canterbury Wine Awards

2012
★★★★ Raymond Chan

2011
★★★★ Raymond Chan
★★★★ Michael Cooper

2010
★★★★ Raymond Chan

2009
★★★★ Raymond Chan