Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $28.99

Crafted by Rod McDonald, a winemaker seemingly blessed with the syrah version of jazz hands for every vintage, this is a plum and pepper-scented sensation was sourced from fruit grown west of Hastings, an area famous for producing the iron-rich, Bridge Pa soils and the prestigious, deep, free-draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels.  Syrah is definitely in its happy place out here, the vines channelling concentration and energy into the berries which then produce intense, sexy, dark cherry and berry flavours, earthy, warming textures and a silky, blueberry-edged finish.  Great stuff.