Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017 $22

If it’s the soft, peppery, violet-soaked style of syrah that wets your whistle and shivers your timbers, then get set for some shakin’ because this new release from the good folk at Maison Noire is the business. Lightly-styled and luscious (rather than a spicy, tannic, muscle-bomb) it’s a seriously food-friendly style that’s slippery, succulent and an easy afternoon sip.