New Zealand Syrah

8 of the region's "Big Reds"


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New Zealand Syrah When you think of New Zealand Syrah is probably not the first wine that jumps to mind, and that is not surprising. What is surprising is how Syrah, particularly in the northern Hawkes Bay region, is emerging as a wine that producers would like to have you think of first.

This wine region, pretty much defined by the Gimblett Gravels, is home to New Zealand’s “Big Reds.” The standard bearer for the region has historically, if I can say that about a region that is barely 20-years-old, been Bordeaux blends, heavy on the Merlot

While these Bordeaux blends are fantastic, several producers are really pushing Syrah as a big thing here, which is curious given the relative fall in popularity that Syrah has enjoyed over the past several years. The proof, as always, is in the bottles. These wines, if I may be presumptive enough to opine after enjoying an admittedly tiny sample set, bring a lot to the table, and by that I do mean fruit.

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