Waimarie Huapai Syrah 2014

July 4, 2020By Yvonne

Waimarie Huapai Syrah 2014 $140 per doz  Crafted by winemaker Steve Nobilo, this wine is dedicated to the memory of his grandparents, the late Nikola and Zuva Nobilo, and it was grown on theoriginal vineyard site of the Nobilo family in Huapai, West Auckland and made together with his uncle Mark.  It’s perfumed with classic … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 $19.99 That so much pure, Hawke’s Bay syrah-ness is able to be crammed inside a bottle for just $20 just blows my mind. Yet in the hands of the team at Trinity Hill, any syrah grape can feel confident that it’ll be shepherded into the bottle with the best … Read More

Los Aguilares Pago El Espino 2016

June 25, 2020By Yvonne

Los Aguilares Pago El Espino 2016 $52.85 Produced from 70% petit verdot, 20% syrah and 10% tempranillo grown at 900m altitude in the Sierra of Ronda in Malaga, this ultra-floral, fruit saturated style will wow the crowds (not that you’ll be wanting to share, but hey, the thought is there.) Ripe, buoyant blueberry, cherry and … Read More

Aranleón Sólo 2017

June 25, 2020By Yvonne

Aranleón Sólo 2017 $32 I love how it has the details of the wine punched in braille on the side of the label, very cool and should be compulsory on all wine bottles methinks.  Organically crafted from 80% bobal and 20% syrah grapes grown in the Valencia region, this inky-dark, intensely spicy and aromatic red … Read More

O:TU Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

June 21, 2020By Yvonne

O:TU Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $31.99 Boatloads of white pepper, vanilla, blueberry and plum notes burst forth from the glass, this is a youthful, spicy, earthy-structured syrah that’ll put a grin on anyone’s grill.  Fresh, frisky, pepper-packed and seriously food-focused, it’s good drinking now, but will reward another 2-3 years in the cellar … Read More

Moutere Hills Nelson Rumer 2016

June 9, 2020By Yvonne

Moutere Hills Nelson Rumer 2016 $55 Here’s a sensational, smoked-berries-and-leather layered lovely from one of our favourite Nelson-based producers. Unusual in that it’s predominantly merlot, winemaker Rusty Rayne (cool name) has also blended syrah and cabernet sauvignon alongside it, to give inject extra, peppery gravitas.  Named after Rusty’s much-loved vineyard Kelpie dog, this rockin’ red … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

June 4, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $24.95 Green peppercorn, violet and blueberry aromatics stand shoulder to shoulder with bright plum and cherry flavours  and then they hold hands and do the Gay Gordons (remember primary school folk-dancing?) with smooth, fine-grained oak and skin tannins accentuated by beautifully balanced acidity.  Nicely made. http://www.millsreef.co.nz

Squawking Magpie Stoned Crow Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014

May 29, 2020By Yvonne

Squawking Magpie Stoned Crow Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014 $49.95 Well dip me in pepper and call me spicy!  This Gimblett Gravels pioneer just blasts past the competition when it comes to solid syrah.  How?  For starters the peppercorn, violets, blueberries, cherry and tobacco notes, earthy shadows and layers of leather mean it delivers on the … Read More

Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017

May 29, 2020By Yvonne

Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017 $54 If anyone knows how to make exceptional syrah, it’s Steve Skinner. He’s been shepherding Elephant Hill’s fruit from their Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and home vineyard at Te Awanga into the bottle for many many years and his skill is on show here. Blueberry, black pepper, dried … Read More

Kennedy Point Organic Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

May 12, 2020By Yvonne

Kennedy Point Organic Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $29 I love the way the pohutukawa trees on the label look as though they’re dancing a tango.  Very apt considering the meaty, gravy-boat notes in this organic, Bridge Pa-grown glass of goodness tend to sashay across the palate rather perfectly.  Determined to preserve its original character, winemaker … Read More