Maxim Wines Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $29.99

Organically grown syrah from the Gimblett Gravels was handpicked, destemmed into an open top fermenter, fermented with wild yeast then left on its skins for 20 days before being pressed straight into 33% new oak barrels where it slept like a baby for a year before bottling. But is it any good? Oh lordy yes. […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36

There’s some serious floral intensity going on in this succulent syrah, it’s like florals pashing peppercorns boysenberries, cherries and liquorice. Philip Barber is the winemaking talent behind this inky-purple, Esk Valley-based brand and he’s a fan of elegance and soft, peppery persistence of flavour in his syrah – and so am I. Sip with: sizzling […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column Feb 24 2018

Never seen the word ‘pashing’ in a wine review? Oh it’ll happen. Sooner rather than later… Hopes Grove Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $45 If you’re looking for a violet and bay leaf fest on the nose then you’ve come to the right place. Grown in the limestone-laden soils of Hawke’s Bay’s lesser-known sub-region of […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat Feb 17

Wondering what to sip with all that Valentine’s Day chocolate you got last week? I absolutely adore a good, Aussie, sparkling Shiraz with anything remotely chocolatey. It’s a rich, robustly spicy, fizzy red wine; and while that may sound sickening to some, believe me when I’ve spent a hot, dusty day in the outback fending […]

Charles Smith Boom Boom Washington State Syrah 2015 $23.74

Made in mighty Mattawa city, Washington, this is a syrah that’ll definitely appeal to those who love a hefty lick of liquorice in their reds.  Loaded with buckets of spice which cuddles up to dark berries and soft cocoa notes.  Explosive?  I’d say it’s more touchy-feely, but darn tasty nonetheless. Sip with: Allyson Gofton’s Winemakers […]

Ash Ridge Doppio MS & Chave Bridge Pa Syrah 2014 $150 (twin pack)

I’ve never featured two wines in the same review before, but it’s the only way to tackle these bottles of salubrious syrah from Bridge Pa, in what I think is a first for New Zealand. Dubbed ‘Doppio’ after the Italian word for ‘double’, Ash Ridge have opted to keep their two clones of syrah separate […]

Leveret Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $30 (4.5 stars)

With syrah vineyards in Hawke’s Bay’s key regions, the winemaking team at Leveret can pick and choose where to source the best fruit. 2014 was a cracker for syrah, it was slightly cooler, meaning the wines were less bolshy, more elegant, stylish, self assured and good to go for years and years. Clean, precise dark […]

Buller Wines Calliope Rutherglen Shiraz 2010 $49.99 (5 stars)

With its intensely concentrated, ripe red fruits, Christmas pudding spices and masses of cherry and blackcurrant flavours, this shiraz had me swooning. Seven years since vintage and the acidity is incredibly fresh and juicy, while the tannins are deliciously dusty and have lovely grip. Made from century-old vines, this Aussie beauty is named after the […]

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Le Sol Syrah 2015 $135 (5stars)

Let’s cut straight to it.  This is a magical monster of a wine and it’s only created in years when the fruit is exceptional – which is not good if you have OCD, but great if you worship gorgeous syrah at the highest level.  Perfumed with peppercorn, violets, dark berryfruit and dried herbs, with a […]

Church Road TOM Syrah 2014 $200 (5 stars)

That’s correct.  Two.  Hundred.  Dollars.  But think about the last thing you spent $200 on and I guarantee it won’t be anywhere near as satisfying and succulent as this wine.  The syrah fruit was sourced from Bridge Pa (just sublime syrah dirt there) and immediately you’re hit with the most exotic, alluring perfume of soft […]

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