2014 Fromm "La Strada" Syrah Marlborough

SKU #1252063 94 points Sam Kim

 At a mere 12% alcohol, this is perfectly ripe, fragrant and inviting on the nose with black/blueberry, Black Doris plum, violet and a hint of white pepper aromas. The palate is concentrated and generously flavoured, backed by plenty of supple tannins. Youthful and instantly charming, the wine is approachable yet promises to develop magnificently. At its best: 2017 to 2028.

93 points Bob Campbell

 Bright, fresh and spicy Syrah with floral, violet, white pepper, plum and nutty oak flavours. Elegant supple Syrah that has been co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier to add to the wine's perfume and contribute to its silken texture. Lengthy finish features chocolate and chewy tannins.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 La Strada Syrah has a game and marmite scented nose with suggestions of black pepper and cloves over a core of red currants and blackberries. Light-bodied, it gives a good amount of herb and pepper laced flavors with chewy tannins and good amount of freshness, finishing with good length. (LPB)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

One of NZ's most coveted ultra cool climate Syrahs. A pure, vibrant faithful rendition of how this varietal can express itself in these types of climate. Very aromatic and full of energy. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's notes: "Expressive cool climate Syrah, dense ripe fruit, good concentration and weight, elegant and linear finish. Expressive blue fruit on the nose with lifted aromatics of dried violets and Asian spices of cloves, juniper and black pepper. The palate is full, showing ample ripe fruit and fine persistent tannins that, along with balanced acidity, drive the wine through to a long finish. A ripe Syrah that shows both refined power and elegance."

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2016 | Send Email
I hardly ever drink syrah anymore. Not because I don't like it, but because I drink so much Bordeaux, Burgundy, and reds from Italy that I can't seem to make room in my busy drinking schedule. The Fromm La Strada syrah, however, has me looking for ways to create space in my calendar. It's a syrah that is practically begging to be drunk. Full of northern Rhone smoke and savory, peppery notes, but done with a delicate touch, this is just beautiful red wine any way you slice it. Find an excuse to drink this. Cook something meaty. Make a BLT. Do something.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
This wine is all violets and peppered bacon. A wonderfully complex juxtaposition of floral tones and savory meaty aspects. Bright and vibrant on the palate. A must try for those who appreciate cool climate renditions of this varietal. Fromm is one of a few producers that make Syrah in the region (neighbors TWR a notable other) but once again with this wine they prove that not only is it possible to produce Syrah here...they can make GREAT Syrah here!
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- 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.

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 (%): 12