SYRAH Cuvée 43 2016
Our Reserve Syrah from the excellent 2016 vintage. A winemakers selection of the best barrels from the vintage, containing a higher proportion of new oak than our Block One wine and matured for an additional year in barrel before bottling. Rich, complex and rewarding, this wine is a superb example of NZ Syrah.
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A superb season. Warmer than average with moderate levels of rainfall. Excellent conditions during flowering and fruitset, ensured a good crop was formed. Warm settled weather through until harvest enabled good quality ripe fruit to be picked without any timing or disease issues.
Each parcel of fruit was passed over a sorting table before being crushed and destemmed 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 22-26 days cuvaison before each different ferment was pressed, settled and racked to a mix of French oak. In oak the wine underwent a natural Malolactic fermentation. The best barrels from the original wine, with a higher proportion freerun juice and oak toast levels (33%) spent a total of 19 months in French oak barriques before being racked, blended and bottled in December the following year.
The fruit for this wine was hand harvested in two separate passes from our 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.
“Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with a heart of interwoven flavours of ripe black plums, blackberries, Middle Eastern spices, liquorice and earth, with nutty oak. The fruit grows in sweetness and lusciousness as the wine flows along a smooth and seamless line with underlying, fine, powdery tannin extraction….This is an elegantly proportion, well-concentrated, ripe Syrah with black plum, spices and earthy flavours with nutty oak on a seamless palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-8+ years.”