Moana Park SVR Gimblett Road Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $45 (4 stars)

If you’re a fan of violets with vavoom and buckets of black pepper, then it’s all here in this wine. Newly released, this syrah from New Zealand’s most famous red wine soils, is incredibly youthful and spicy, with a seam of sarsaparilla and soy sneaking through it also. The tannins have good chew and add […]

Graham Norton’s Own Shiraz 2017 $18.99 (4.5 stars)

So our favourite Irish tv personality has teamed up with two kiwi guys from Invivo wines to produce a shiraz from South Australia – how’s that for multinational relations! This is a bonza little bottle that’s deliciously spicy and saturated with blackcurrant and plum flavours and fleshed out with muscular, yet woolly tannins. A bit […]

Langmeil Valley Floor Barossa Shiraz 2013 $37

On the property at Langmeil grow some of the world’s oldest shiraz vines, yet the winemaking team are always on the scout for great fruit from independent growers around the Barossa to inject diversity into their wines. This wine is crafted from a smorgasbord of stunning shiraz sites and simply erupts with blackcurrant, boysenberry and […]

Redmetal Vineyards Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $22

As far as red wine guru’s go in this country, Grant Edmonds has got to be one of the most revered. He leads a double life as the chief winemaker for Sileni Estates while also nurturing his own fruit into the bottle. This is a pure, perfumed, peppery example grown in the famous, iron-rich gravels […]

Baron de Badassière Syrah Pays D’OC 2014 $26

Badassière by name and badass by nature, this spicy, roundhouse kick of a syrah is produced in the Languedoc region in the south of France and is named after Baron Charles Emmanuel, the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. Plump plummy characters are buttoned up with pepper and dusty notes and a lick of leather. […]

Unison Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 $55 (4.5stars)

This wine may be from a ‘monster’ vintage, a vintage you’d expect to produce exclusively big, alcoholic, over-extracted wines.  Yet here we have elegance ‘wine-on-ified’.  Fresh pepper and vibrant plum and boysenberry backstroke through waves of vanilla and dried herbs.  The tannins are solid, yet stretchy and supple and it’s a wine that the team […]

Rod McDonald Quarter Acre Syrah 2015 $35 (5stars)

You know how some people say they can hear voices in their head?  Well sipping this wine may suddenly give you voices in your gob.  I feel it’s ok to say ‘gob’ because in the official tasting notes, accompanying this wine, Rod says it has ‘violets and cassis on the snoz’.  I love the pretty […]

Byrne Vineyard Te Puna Syrah 2015 $42

Sourced from a tiny patch of land overlooking the jawdroppingly picturesque Te Puna inlet, this smooth, inky-maroon, unfiltered syrah just bursts with fresh berries, subtle cocoa and plucky pepper characters. 10% whole bunch fermented, 50% of which was aged in new French oak, this is fleshy, earthy fabulousness in a bottle. Sip with: Classic beef […]

Byrne Vineyard Waingaro Syrah 2015 $32

Ben’s original syrah, sourced from 5 clones grown on his tiny, north-facing block overlooking Lake Waingaro, Kerikeri’s main water supply, is 30% whole bunch fermented with a splash of viogier and some extra viognier skins to boost the aromatic lift.  Glossy, gorgeous and perfumed with pepper, violets, bay, cocoa and a hint of apricot kernel, […]

Byrne Vineyard Puketotara Syrah 2015 $24

Here you have 100% whole bunch fermented, ‘Chave’ clone syrah from the volcanic loam soils of the Fat Pig vineyard on Puketotara Road in Waipapa. Gently foot-stomped and aged in old French oak, this syrah is a delicate example, weighing in at just 11.5% alcohol. Scented with green peppercorn and violets, it has a plush, […]

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