Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009 $90 ★★★★★

Wow!  Inky, purple-black in the glass and what a nose!  Seductive aromas of plum paste, white pepper and chocolate lead to spicy, luscious liquorice and Belgian biscuit flavours, which are just fantastic. Winemaker Steve Skinner has created a really special wine here, with delicious warmth, succulence and generosity in the mouth.  Lovely stuff.  www.elephanthill.co.nz