Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 4.5 stars

Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 (4.5 stars) Take the little bendy track called Bush Lane above Mangawhai beach, and you’ll find the small but perfectly formed vineyard belonging to Ross Millar. He grows tiny amounts of darn lovely wine and this syrah is no exception. Ultra-pure peppercorn characters on the nose merge with lifted violet, […]

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Syrah

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Syrah 2014  The impenetrable, inky-dark colour saturation is the first thing that gets you with this wine, it’s incredibly dense, dark, a stormcloud in a glass.   Perfumed with blackcurrant, cherry and pepper-dusted damson plums, the nose is exciting , spice-driven and has smoke around the edges.  Elegantly structured, the core […]

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $48 ★★★★ This Esk Valley producer is on its way to completing a radical turnaround of fortunes, from being run into virtual non-existence, it’s been rescued and revitalised by sparkie-turned-winemaker Trevor Shepherd, who clearly has a knack for creating quality syrah. Intensely spicy and showing plum, dark berries, […]

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $48 ★★★★ This Esk Valley producer is on its way to completing a radical turnaround of fortunes, from being run into virtual non-existence, it’s been rescued and revitalised by sparkie-turned-winemaker Trevor Shepherd, who clearly has a knack for creating quality syrah. Intensely spicy and showing plum, dark berries, […]

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Brookfields Backblock Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Brookfields Backblock Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $21 ★★★½ How pretty is the colour of this wine?  Glossy and inky-purple in the glass, it’s also chock full of violets, bouquet-garni herbs and loads of dark berries.  There’s a classic hit of pepper – but it’s only there to cuddle the fruit.  Fresh and youthful, winemaker Peter […]

Chalk Hill Sidetrack Mclaren Vale 2011

Chalk Hill Sidetrack Mclaren Vale 2011 $27 ★★★½ This is a lush, spicy blend of shiraz and grenache which carries an exotic, slightly medicinal aroma that wraps around slightly earthy characters like prunes and pepper.  There’s also a lovely smoky, nutty note and a long, gently savoury finish. Winemaker Jock Harvey fashioned the Sidetrack in […]

Henry’s Drive Dead Letter Office Padthaway Shiraz 2013

Henry’s Drive Dead Letter Office Padthaway Shiraz 2013 $22 ★★★★ Named after the postal clerks of old who had the authority to open ‘undeliverable’ mail.  But they had to restrict themselves to only reading the mare minimum of info to expedite safe delivery.  This glossy, purple-crimson wine delivers a message of vanilla, pencil shavings, plum […]

Penny’s Hill Cracking Black Shiraz 2013

Penny’s Hill Cracking Black Shiraz 2013 $25 ★★★★½ Named after the way that the soils dry out so much they crack and break the roots of the vines (which is actually a good thing because it controls the natural vigour of the vine) this shiraz has all those desirable pepper, liquorice, cocoa dust and cherry-berry […]

Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Syrah Tempranillo 2013

Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Syrah Tempranillo 2013 $23 ★★★½ Tempranillo might be the signature red grape in the Spanish Rioja wines, yet over in Gisborne, Steve Voysey has had a crack at blending it with syrah which has its h0me in France’s Southern Rhone region.  It’s resulted in a wine with sweet, almost medicinal aromas […]

Seifried Nelson Syrah 2014

Seifried Nelson Syrah 2014 $22 ★★★½  Bright peppery aromatics, fresh plum and hints of dark cherry merge with a faint medicinal hit on the nose.  Punchy and vibrantly structured in the mouth, it’s a talented teenager ready to hit his straps.  Spicy, lively and could actually give some of the Hawke’s Bay syrah’s a run for […]

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