van Asch Pyro Central Otago Syrah 2009 $40 (3.5 stars)

Nine years on from harvest and this wine is a freak of nature for two reasons. The first being that it’s syrah grown in one of the southernmost winegrowing regions in the world (highly unusual) and when a fire ripped through the winery not long after vintage, just a couple of barrels of syrah were saved. Thusly ‘Pyro’ was born. Henry van Asch is the co-founder of AJ Hackett Bungy and in 1993, decided to leap into the world of wine by planting grapes in Gibbston. His syrah is earthy, edged with pepper and iodine notes and layered with blueberry and leather. Drink now.

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