Squawking Magpie Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

July 30, 2022By Yvonne

Squawking Magpie Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 ($25tbc) Glossy garnet coloured and inky in the glass, scented with bouquet-garni and bay alongside ripe berries and plum complexity. 2020 was a stunning year for syrah in Hawke’s Bay and the team at Squawking Magpie are guns when it comes to maximising every opportunity where great fruit … Read More

Kokako Farms Ohiti Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

July 16, 2022By Yvonne

Kokako Farms Ohiti Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $30 While Hawke’s Bay syrah fans are geeking out over the Gimblett Gravels, I’m quietly having an Ohiti house party over here in Lorkinland. Winegrower Bruce Nimon is obsessed with finding great soils, and in between a cow paddock and an old stockman’s station is a little … Read More

Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Hawke’s Bay Rosé of Syrah 2021

June 2, 2022By Yvonne

Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Hawke’s Bay Rosé of Syrah 2021 $40  Lovers of Hawke’s Bay syrah will be familiar with its super-stylish, classic black pepper and violet voice, however, it may not be on your radar as a grape that absolutely roars when crafted carefully into a rosé.  Lucky for us, Master of Wine … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

March 17, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $24.99 Clearly the syrah gods were shining on Trinity hill during the 2020 summer because this syrah is an absolute stunner. That they’ve managed to cram in so much character for under $25 is a phenomenal feat. The aromas display an exhaustive array of peppercorn, dark, exotic florals, damson … Read More

Maison Noire Home Block Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

March 4, 2022By Yvonne

Maison Noire Home Block Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $40 Wow. This is one sexy wine! Deep, glossy and crimson-hued, I love the waft of caramelised spices, coffee, sweet cocoa and buckets of baked fruit on the nose. It’s intensely fragrant and gushes with peppercorns, red currant and smoked cherry flavours on the palate. The tannins … Read More

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

March 4, 2022By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $25 With its deliciously soft tannins, pencil shavings complexity, fragrant pepper, redcurrant, pomegranate, juicy spices and Black Doris plum punchiness, this is a superb example from a hugely exciting red wine vintage. Just 85 dozen bottles were made to satisfy a growing fanbase, so best you get in quick … Read More

Ataahua Waipara Syrah 2020

February 9, 2022By Yvonne

Ataahua Waipara Syrah 2020 $40 The Nor’wester swept plains of North Canterbury have turned out some sensational, yet completely underrated syrah over the years, but I’m thinking this new release from winemaker Stephanie Henderson-Grant is going to create some real noise. With pure peppercorn and Damson plum notes on the nose, brisk, feisty, under-the-front-gums tannins … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2020

January 16, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2020 $25 When the 2020 grape harvest wrapped up, winemakers were hopping, skipping and clapping about the excellence of it all and right about now the reds being released are absolutely proving that point. This syrah is always exceptional value however 2020 is a squeak above the rest. Bold … Read More

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019

October 26, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019 $120 The ‘treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen philosophy applied by winemaker Chris Scott to these vines, is pretty hardcore. I mean dropping the crop by 60%-70%? That’s practically abuse! And yet this Bridge Pa-grown wine tastes like its long, loose bunches have been lovingly cuddled and … Read More

October 13, 2021By Yvonne

CRAGGY RANGE Gimblett Gravels LE SOL 2019 $150 2021 marks 20 years since the very first Le Sol syrah was produced and since then it’s only been released when the fruit is faultless and every vintage has a skite sheet stacked with accolades from across the globe. 2019 is next level. The Le Sol style … Read More