Grape Varietal: 100% Syrah
Growing Region: Hillside Vineyard, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

This outstanding Syrah grown in a very special site found and planted by Peter; reminds me how young, but how quickly the New Zealand wine industry has matured and developed in such a short time. All captured in a single bottle, or in this case a glass of wine shared with friends and a nicely brazed piece of venison. Or maybe I am showing my age, as I have watched this wine develop from its first vintage, then to beating the Australians in their own competition in 2004, right up to this vintage.

 

The Hillside vineyard is located on a gentle, north-facing slope of a superb and ideal hillside site between Bridge Pa and Maraekakaho in Hawke's Bay. All of the fruit for this wine was carefully hand harvested on the 17th April 2007.
The incredible intensely flavoured fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and fermented at warm temperatures for rich colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Following pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was then racked into new French oak barriques. After developing and maturing in oak barrels for 18 months it was then bottled, and then allowed to rest for a short while before being labeled and released.
In the glass you will be greeted by a dark red - almost black colour. The bouquet of this 2007 'Hillside' Syrah is very confident but friendly, with complex aromas intertwined with freshly cracked black pepper and spice. The wine is packed with dark plum characters, sweet wild berries, tobacco, good tannins and balanced oak, form a multi-layered palate that lingers into next week. Decant for 45-60 minutes and serve at 17-18°C.

One of the world's classic expressions of Syrah.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Approachable this coming winter season; and will age gracefully for another 10-12 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with wild game dishes cooked medium rare, seasonal vegetables and wine-jus, plus with truffle brie cheese, enjoy.