Saint Clair Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 $23 ★★★½

Being a pioneering Marlborough producer hasn’t stopped the Saint Clair crew from forging further into northern climes to nab themselves some prime red wine territory in Hawke’s Bay.  This syrah has all those classic plum, violet and pepper-driven spice characters that you’ll be asking for, alongside good punchy fruit, supple, elastic tannins and solid length of flavour.