2012. A true example of vintage variation can be seen when sitting the two beside one another. From a warmer and more ideal vintage than the previous, this 2013 delivers a fantastic example of what medium bodied Syrah from Hawkes Bay looks like.
Again, a dollop of Viognier (3%) was added to the ferment and only 15% new oak was used. Vibrant and juicy red fruits skip about with a dusting of black pepper. The fruit has more presence here on the mid palate. The 2012 showing much more savoury appeal yet the earthy characters still hold form. Smooth dusty/powdery type tannins to finish. Yum! I think I just licked the glass it's that good.
It will show its best in a year or so and will cellar for up to ten.
To be released in coming weeks. Check the website or good independent bottle shops.
Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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