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2017 'Tastes Like' Syrah

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2017 'Tastes Like' Syrah


Tastes Like is a range of classic kiwi styles we blend but are bottled for us. Tastes Like Syrah is ⅔ from the Bridge Pa Triangle with the balance from the Gimblett Gravels. It is 50% whole bunch and (unusually) fermented in open top barrels with 16 months barrel age in ⅓ new oak. It is spicy and sappy with dark cherry and plum fruit.

”Fresh violets, flaxseed, dark plum, pomegranate, strong robust tannins, pepper pepper pepper!!! Love how clean and herbaceous it is.” - Yvonne Lorkin

“Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight purple tints, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine in concentration with good intensity and depth of blackberry fruit entwined with white pepper unfolding notes of dark raspberries, a little liquorice and black pepper nuances, and violet floral elements. Light-medium bodied, the palate has a fine and taut core of blackberry fruit melded with white pepper, dark raspberries, violet and red florals and a little spice. The fruit is supported by fine-grainy tannin extract lending weight and grip, and the acidity is soft and integrated. The wines carries to an elegant, moderately lingering finish. This is a taut Syrah with some intensity, with blackberry and cooler spectrum white pepper and floral notes on a fine, grainy palate with soft acidity. Match with pasta, pizza and barbecued fare over the next 3 years. Syrah fruit, two thirds from Bridge Pa and one-third from Gimblett, fermented with 50 % whole bunches to 12.0% alc. the wine aged in one-third new oak.” Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

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