2014 SoHo "Valentina" Syrah Waiheke Island (Previously $25.00)
Deeply tinted Syrah with a purple hue. Strong raspberry, spice/pepper and a suggestion of violets supported by nutty oak. Elegance on a grand scale. The wine is surprisingly appealing now, partly thanks to a strong core of sweet fruit, but will obviously benefit from cellaring.
It is pristine and pure, yet seductively complex on the nose displaying dark plum, blueberry, floral and cedar with a whisper of white pepper. The plate is beautifully ripe and silky with excellent mid palate weight and fleshy mouthfeel, backed by supple tannins. A gracefully powerful syrah destined to evolve wonderfully.
Full, very deep, near impenetrable black-red with youthful purple hues. The nose is full and densely concentrated with gentle aromas of ripe black berried fruits infused with spices, black pepper and minerals, unfolding layers of nutty oak, ink and tar. Medium-full bodied, the palate features intense and finely concentrated, sweetly ripe flavours of black berried fruits, black pepper, Asian spices and minerals. Nutty oak and tarry detail adds interest. The fruit has richness and real presence, and is balanced by very fine-grained, powdery tannins, the wine flowing with excellent drive. The mouthfeel is smooth and integrated with ripe, soft acidity lending energy. Violet and black florals, black pepper and spice nuances emerge and lead to a concentrated, stylish, lingering finish with mineral elements. This is an elegantly concentrated black-fruited Syrah with fine structure that will blossom and evolve over the next 7-8 years. Serve with lamb, beef and game meat. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Jomara’ vineyard, Onetangi, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 14% new French and American oak barriques.
Perfumed and floral, with generous wild berry flavors and accents of black tea, cigar box, mineral, nutmeg and clary sage. A firm, dense backbone of tannins lends an adequate framework to all of the nuances, finishing long and detailed. Drink now through 2030.