When you combine exceptional winemakers, a stunning vineyard and a stellar vintage, the resulting wine is a compelling one. A glorious expression of the variety, this latest offering exhibits aromas of dark plum, spiced cherry, black olive, game and cedar on the nose, leading to a concentrated and richly fruited palate that is intense and formidable, while remaining perfectly poised and balanced. The wine offers layers of delectable flavours and rich texture, wonderfully framed by loads of polished tannins. This is not a huge monster, rather a stylish and refined rendition offering exceptional fruit purity as well as seductive complexity. At its best: 2018 to 2030.
Dense, powerful and obviously youthful syrah with very concentrated dark berry, dried fruit, powdered chocolate, spice, anise and very subtle violet flavours. This is an exciting wine that has obviously been built to last but can still be appreciated even at this early stage of its potentially long life. It is, quite simply, the best Homage I have tasted.
Full, very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter edged, very youthful in appearance. The nose is very refined and elegantly expressed with aromas of pure and ripe black-berried fruits harmoniously melded with an array of fragrant black and violet florals, along with suggestions of spice and black mineral detail. The aromatics are tight and concentrated, build in intensity in the glass and exude immense finesse. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly bound and concentrated with intense and penetrating flavours of ripe blackberries, lifted by a range of fragrant black and floral notes. The fruit is complexed by fine iron-earth and black mineral elements, with suggestions of spice unfolding. The fruit is supported by considerable extraction, the powdery tannins providing a firm, near velvet-textured line. The palate flows with drive and underlying soft, ripe acidity lends the energy to carry to a taut, long-lingering finish of black fruits and an array of dark florals. This is a very refined, aromatic, individual Syrah with ripe black fruits and an array of fragrant florals and mineral complexities, on a seriously structured palate with very fine tannins. Match with roasted lamb, beef, venison and game meat over the next 12-15 years.
A beautifully articulated edition of this Hawke's Bay syrah that is loaded with potential. It's a strong vintage that has been cleverly crafted into a thoroughbred wine, packed with spicy and complex interest on the nose: blackberries, cloves, anise, pepper, some dark stony notes and crushed purple flowers. The palate builds smoothly in layers of succulently flavorsome, fine tannins that deliver a seamless array of dark-plum and blackberry flavors. Still frisky and full of youthful, snappy appeal. Best from 2020.
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