Mudbrick Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah 2018

January 16, 2019By Yvonne

Mudbrick Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah 2018 $75  I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I tasted a syrah that was so young yet sang so beautifully on the palate.  Winemaker Patrick Newton has woven some witchcraft with what’s quite clearly plump, flavour-stacked fruit, to produce an ultra-velvety syrah, stitched together with cracked pepper, boysenberries, … Read More

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

December 30, 2018By Yvonne

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $30 The name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage of syrah is very soft, very earthy, very smooth and lightly structured.  Savoury layers and hints of dried … Read More

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014

December 6, 2018By Yvonne

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014 $14.99-$20  Pepper and berries and cherries and all things merries.  This is a cracker of a syrah with a ripe core of black fruits, violets, buckets of spice and a hint of cocoa.  Made by Tim Adams from a small parcel of fruit from a vineyard located in the sun-trap … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017

November 24, 2018By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017 $21.99 Punchy and peppery right upfront then followed by juicy raspberry and cherry and light leathery, earthy notes on the palate.  It’s a great introduction to good, affordable, Gimblett Gravels syrah and as soon as you’ve tasted it you’ll be hooked!

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

November 19, 2018By Yvonne

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36 Direct from the jazz hands of master Bridge Pa syrah winemaker, Grant Edmonds, this is a plump, plush, softly-peppered style that is drinking darn nicely now.  Earthy, and with elaborately elastic tannins, this is supple and sumptuous.  Buy now, drink now or forever kick yourself.

The Hay Paddock Pitchfork Classic Hawke’s Bay Red 2016

August 8, 2018By Yvonne

The Hay Paddock Pitchfork Classic Hawke’s Bay Red 2016 $34 Blended from a selection of classic Hawke’s Bay red varieties with Malbec and Syrah being the main stars, this has been supervised by Chris Canning, artist, writer, winemaker extraordinaire and its loaded with classic savoury peppery meaty notes that wrap around the prune, baked berries … Read More

Milcrest Estate Nelson Syrah 2014 $40

July 5, 2018By Yvonne

Milcrest Estate Nelson Syrah 2014 $40 Give that glass a good swirl to inject a whoomph (technical term there) of oxygen and warmth into the wine to release the bright boysenberry, intense florals, peppercorn and tobacco characters.  The acidity is juicy-fresh and feisty, the tannins are prickly and chewy and there’s a squeak of smoke … Read More

Redmetal Vineyards Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $20 ★★★½

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

Intense blueberry and bay leaf aromatics, stacks of peppercorn, cocoa and plummy notes.  Warming and velvety in the mouth – plump and saucy yet elegantly poised.  Baking spices and smoky, nutty notes on the finish.  Give it a few minutes to open up in the glass and you’ll be rewarded for sure. www.redmetalvineyards.co.nz

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Crofters Syrah 2015 $22 ★★★½

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

If you’re after pure peppercorn and light violet layers in your syrah then you’ve come to the right place. A brisk, sandy texture in the mid-palate and some punchy plum and boysenberry fruit forces its way across the tongue and around the back teeth. The finish is juicy and bright, moderately spicy and definitely nicey. … Read More

Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 (4.5 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

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, dark cherry, blueberry and juicy, succulent fruit … Read More