2009 Mission Estate Winery Syrah Hawkes Bay New Zealand

SKU #1062771

Perhaps better known for white wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, the cool climes of New Zealand are also wonderfully well suited to Syrah. This one was matured in tank to retain primary fruit characteristics with vibrant red and dark berry notes with some spicy black pepper overtones showing soft tannins and good length. Great with red meat.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/22/2011  | Send Email
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When I opened this fruitful, delicious Hawkes Bay Syrah at a Saturday tasting recently, many people noted the hint of of Northern Rhône pepper on the nose, about as far from the heralded Côte Rôtie as one can possibly be, and yet... the tricks of time and place do make one appreciate the infinite appeal of a well-grown grape, no matter where its roots may sink. And speaking of roots, the Mission Estate winery is New Zealand's oldest, founded in 1851, an emblem of sustainability and tradition marked by an uncompromising demand for quality. The Estate Syrah is grown on light silt and the famous Gimblett gravel soils in relatively dryer, warmer inland sites to enhance the varietal character. The initial bright red fruit aromas give way to darker, more velvety black fruit on the palate with telltale spice lingering to a pleasant, harmonious finish. Buy some try some.
Top Value!

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 5/20/2011 
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An excellent value for folks who like Northern Rhone style syrah. I'd buy this before most sub-20 Crozes Hermitage and Saint Joseph.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5