A glowing purple red and overflowing with black cherry, raspberry, plum and wild herbs, Estate Vineyards Syrah ’14 is sumptuous and elegant. Hints of blueberry, cinnamon and sandalwood underpin the exotic nature of this wonderfully expressive wine. The dark character of syrah is lifted by the floral aromatics of viognier – the perfume and depth of the style is balanced perfectly by the elegant fruit and fine even tannins.
It is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft cheeses.
Estate Vineyards Syrah ’14 will continue to evolve in bottle for two to four years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar Dry
The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of viognier, then destemmed and co-fermented. The resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for seven months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg white fining before being bottled in February 2015.
Estate Vineyards Syrah ’14 was harvested between 13 March and 3 April 2014 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in Hawke’s Bay’s Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions.
The co-fermentation of Syrah with small amounts of the white grape variety, Viognier, is a traditional winemaking technique in France's northern Rhone Valley. The addition of Viognier introduces a perfume/floral aroma to the soft red berry and spice flavours of Syrah.
'From an outstanding vintage, this youthful and gorgeous syrah shows blue/red berry, floral, spice and a hint of game characters. The palate is beautifully weighted with excellent fruit purity, leading to superbly long, silky finish. The wine is already attractive and enjoyable, although another year or two will bring out the best in this impressive wine. At its best: now to 2019.' 91 PointsSam Kim, Wine Orbit Te Mata Showcase Summary, 2015 All Reviews