2010 Hopes Grove "Silver Lining" Syrah Hawke's Bay (Previously $40)

SKU #1217964 95 points Bob Campbell

 Elegant fine-boned Syrah with berry, plum, mineral and anise flavours. There's also a seasoning of cracked black pepper and a suggestion of floral influence. Taut, tight and powerful wine with good cellaring potential.  (1/2013)

92-93 points Raymond Chan

 A barrel selection wine. MS clone Syrah, hand-picked and fermented with 5% whole bunch to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 25% new oak, then aged a further 6 months with a greater percentage of new oak. Full, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a very elegant, refined and tightly bound nose with black fruits and powdery black pepper aromas interwoven and integrated with violetty perfumes, oak spices and toast. Medium-full bodied, spicy black berry fruits, plums and liquorice merge with dark herb and some stalky elements, forming an integrated and concerntrated core and strong palate line. The flavours are supported by very fine tannins which provide soft textures and a smooth flowing mouthfeel. The acidity is discrete, allowing the wine to finish with fine, grainy, drying tannins. This is an elegant, fine-grained Syrah with complex spicy fruit and oak flavours. Match with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare over the next 6-7+ years. 70 cases made.

93 points Wine Spectator

 Bright, vibrant flavors of black licorice, blackberry, plum and cherry are effusive, powerful, aromatic and elegant. White pepper scents lead the way. (MW, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

98 Points & Double Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2015 | Send Email
Here is one of the more complex and inviting Syrah bottlings we have tried lately. Spice, pepper and potpourri zoom from the glass as you swirl. There is a kaleidoscope of red and dark fruit, mixed berries, licorice, mineral and limestone shadings that seem to shift and grow as the wine gets more air. This is delicious, compelling and unique. Bravo!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2015 | Send Email
"Hey Manekin, check this out," our resident Kiwi, Australian, South African and English wine buyer called out to me one Saturday, before the store turned into its usual loud, buzzing, frenetic weekend environment. Woodhouse pulled up a site near a limestone quarry on Google Maps and proclaimed, "I'm going to buy this vineyard one day." Turns out that this is very close to where Cypress Terraces planted their Syrah eight years ago. This is extremely high toned, blue and purple fruited Syrah, with terrific fruit purity, less tannic grip than the Syrah grown nearby on gravels, and without much of Syrah's peppery, smoky, animal side. Do not misconstrue that as a lack of complexity, however, since this is so detailed, fresh, and absolutely leaping from the glass. This is a Syrah you need to try.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2015 | Send Email
The nose on this wine is so clean, full of a cranberry'ish freshness. On the palate this is full-bodied yet with a vibrant, crunchiness mid palate,the fruit flavors are so well defined the wine is just electric with great central acids. The finish is lifted, focused and full of tight, berry like fruit flavors. A really dynamic Syrah, I love it, but best for food rather than drinking on its own.
Drink from 2015 to 2022

By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2015 | Send Email
This Syrah is my new go-to hostess gift for dinner parties. It’s extremely elegant and approachable but has loads of character and nuance. With its fresh acidity, rich fruit, and savory notes of umami and mineral, it’s a ridiculously versatile food partner. Plus, the fact that it’s from Hawke’s Bay gives it a little geek cred, too. If you’re feeling extra charitable, you can even mention the wine’s cellaring potential. Your host will love you.

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2015 | Send Email
This delivers classic Syrah character in a restrained and elegant style. The nose is lifted with black pepper, violets, blueberry, boysenberry, mineral, earth and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. On the palate there is juicy acidity that lends a fresh, bright quality to the fruit that is framed by a refined tannin structure with a long finish. This is a beautiful expression of the varietal, and not to be missed.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2015 | Send Email
One of the most exciting Syrahs I've tasted in some time. Powerful yet not over to top, complex and deep yet understandable, Old World and New World combined - pretty much everything I could want in a Syrah. There are times when our staff all taste a wine and look at each other with a knowing smile; this was one, and we have 30 cases total, they won't last long.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2015 | Send Email
I love it when things work out...several years ago I sought out Pieter Koopman (owner/winemaker) at Hopes Grove after stumbling across his tiny little property researching online. I tasted the wines, including this specific bottle, and visited his tiny parcel of vines perched on limestone hillside in Hawke's Bay. I knew he had something special. We kept in touch as his plans to send some wines to the USA developed. Now, here were are, many months down the line and I am super excited to be offering this wonderful Syrah that has since been showered in praise by the world's top wine critics. The wine has an explosive nose of deep, wild berry fruits, black and red fruit all intermingle, exotic spices, perfumed floral tones and cracked black pepper corns. The palate has a lovely combination of soft, ripe supple fruit, vibrant acidity and fine tannins. Medium plus bodied, silky and flowing. All the flavors described above are perfectly delineated on the palate and linger long on the finish. Really beautiful wine that highlights Hawke's Bay potential for this incredible yet often over looked varietal. Syrah lovers should not miss this wine. 70 yes 7-0...total cases made of this reserve level bottling.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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.
Country:

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 (%): 14.5