Wairau River Reserve Marlborough Syrah 2020

January 20, 2023By Yvonne

Wairau River Reserve Marlborough Syrah 2020 $40 There must be something in the water over in the upper Wairau Valley where the Rose family grow their grapes because it seems as though every single wine they make walks away with various shades of heavy metal from wine competitions here and abroad. This syrah is no … Read More

Trinity Hill Thomson’s Block Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

January 19, 2023By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Thomson’s Block Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $120 Soothing, stylish and stacked with dark berries, exotic spices, smoky notes and stitched together with graphite-dusted goodness. Grown on the steep slopes of Roys Hill, overlooking the Gimblett Gravels sub-region, this single vineyard syrah is fresh and finely tuned and the tannins have the perfect amount … Read More

The Flying Winemaker Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019

January 16, 2023By Yvonne

The Flying Winemaker Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 $30 If you were expecting a syrah that simply offered bog-standard violets and pepper, this one delivers SO much more than that. It delivers joy and wonder and unicorns and dreams and glittery goodness all wrapped up in a spicy, blueberry-cloaked cloud. Bright, energetic, and dangerously easy to … Read More

Bostock Wines Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017

January 12, 2023By Yvonne

Bostock Wines Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017 $70 Grown in the Bridge Pa sub-region, with iron-rich soils famous for producing high-quality syrah, this certified organic syrah is entering a pretty darn wonderful drinking window. Dusty plum and pepper complexity on the nose and palate adds to the earthy layers in this softly-styled syrah. Refreshing, … Read More

Giesen Clayvin Vineyard Marlborough Syrah 2021

December 29, 2022By Yvonne

Giesen Clayvin Vineyard Marlborough Syrah 2021 $55 This is one of those young red wines that tastes great on the first pour but tastes amazing the next day. Erupting with dark berries on the nose, blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry notes, alongside a vein of pepper and dark cocoa and smoky oak, this organically-grown wine is … Read More

Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019

December 23, 2022By Yvonne

Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019 $125 From what’s fast becoming known as the holy trinity of Hawke’s Bay vintages (19.20,21) Airavata is the absolute pinnacle of what the Elephant Hill winemaking team can achieve with syrah. And I’ll tell you right now, it’s so gorgeously, garnet-hued, glossy and inky-dark, it wins stars on … Read More

Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

December 6, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $18 Great value syrah here, buckets of red fruit. redcurrant, red apple and plum layers on the nose and palate merge with soft tannins, hints of pepper and earthy spices on the palate. Juicy, easy and a superb introduction to Hawke’s Bay syrah. Mills Reef

A Little Maison Noire Magic – BayBuzz Magazine Christmas Issue 2022

December 2, 2022By Yvonne

Santé to Maison Noire by Yvonne LorkinNovember 29, 2022 Photo: Florence Charvin “My perfect Christmas present?” asks artist Esther Smith. “Easy. A trailer load of mulch.” Not exactly what I was expecting when asking Esther and her husband, winemaker Guillaume Thomas of Maison Noire wines, what their Christmas wishes were for 2022. But as I quickly … Read More

Known Unknown Pakipaki Syrah 2021

November 2, 2022By Yvonne

Known Unknown Pakipaki Syrah 2021 $37 Just south of Hastings in Hawke’ Bay is the sleepy hamlet of Pakipaki, famous for its deep, limestone soils (there’s even a limestone quarry nearby), soils that aren’t your typical base for a place where syrah is more famous for growing in its gravel-rich appellations. Whole-bunch fermented for a … Read More

Brookfields Hillside Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020

October 22, 2022By Yvonne

Brookfields Hillside Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2020 $45 Peter Robertson only makes this, his flagship syrah, when the fruit is exceptional. Sourced from 26yo vines growing on the gentle, sun-baked slopes of the Lyons’ family Hillside vineyard in the Bridge Pa triangle district. It produces tiny bunches of pure and vibrant, violet-scented, berries that create a … Read More