Syrah is a rare beast in Central Otago, but the very ageworthy 2019 vintage (4.5*) shows what can be done. A single-vineyard red, it was matured for a year in French oak casks (26 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it has a fragrant, rich, peppery bouquet. Full-bodied, it is strongly varietal, with concentrated, vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, oak complexity, and a long, well-spiced finish. Best drinking 2023+.
Type: Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $60 NZD
Value for Money: –V
When to drink: 2023
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 34
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 22 – 32
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed February 2022