Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 $25

Just 90 dozen bottles were produced of this wine. To give you an idea of scale, that’s less than two pallets. For the whole country. And overseas markets. So you snooze, you lose, I’m afraid. It’s a lush, complex, dried herb and spice-saturated style edged with baked berries, red rose and raspberry characters and smooth, stretchy textures and tannins to finish. Plump, soft and slippery to sip.