Wairau River Reserve Marlborough Syrah
This is a very special wine for us, grown in the Angler vineyard, hand harvested, it spends 18 months in oak to build a silky texture in to the mid palate, it’s a beautifully expressive wine with dark fruits and bramble on the nose and pairs well with darker meats and spicy dishes. We call our wine Syrah, as opposed to Shiraz, as the style is more like the elegant finer styles of the Northern Rhone.LEARN MORE
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A late Indian Summer produced a very dry and settled growing season. Excellent weather was experienced over flowering which produced an even and balanced crop with a vibrant and healthy working canopy. Optimal acid balance and sugar ripeness was reached at an earlier physiological ripeness. The dry hot summer and smaller berry size has seen an increase in concentration, producing some of the most elegant and distinctive wines of recent vintages.
A cooler than normal summer was followed by a warm dry autumn, helping produce fruit of excellent concentration and elegance. With a slow start to harvest at the end of March, the dry autumn weather ensured another condensed vintage, with all grapes harvested by the second week of April. Once again the ability to harvest without interruption ensured all fruit was picked prior to an extended period of heavy rain towards the middle of April.
Flowering commenced in the first week of December. During this period the region experienced higher than average rainfall limiting the potential yields. January and February were some of the warmest months on record culminating in one of the earliest harvests seen in the region. Picking began in the first week of March and concluded in the first week of April. The harvest consequently wasn’t condensed allowing the winemakers to pick at optimal balance and sugar ripeness, as well as physiological ripeness. The warm and fine weather through the late summer months has allowed the development of a riper spectrum of tropical flavours, providing the winemakers with an extensive array of complimentary blending components from which to assemble the wines.
Beef Ribs with Asian Spice
Syrah really sings when paired with darker meats and exotic spices to bring out the fruit notes of Syrah. Try it with Beef Ribs with an aniseed rub, Lamb Shawarma, 5-spice roasted pork, or even Indian tandoori meats