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Church Road Syrah Hawkes Bay Reserve 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Ripe, powerful and dark on the nose with plenty of juniper, game, truffle, herb, oak and mint aromas over light wild blackberry fruit. On entry, this is rich and broad shouldered. A bit loose perhaps, but with a bold core of sweet ripe fruit that shows fine savoriness. Deep and woodsy, retaining a dried herb character on the long finish. This offers up huge dry extract and fairly reeks of violet. There is a lot to like, it just seems a little heavy-handed. 89pts

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Church Road Wines Complex, textural wines Church Road is a boutique winery that applies hands-on winemaking techniques to the very best of the Hawke's Bay harvest. The winery, one of the oldest in Hawke's Bay, was founded in 1897, and then totally renovated in 1989. In the years since then, our wines have earned a glowing reputation, becoming one of the most sought-after names in New Zealand ... Read more
Church Road Wines Complex, textural wines Church Road is a boutique winery that applies hands-on winemaking techniques to the very best of the Hawke's Bay harvest. The winery, one of the oldest in Hawke's Bay, was founded in 1897, and then totally renovated in 1989. In the years since then, our wines have earned a glowing reputation, becoming one of the most sought-after names in New Zealand restaurants. Our Wine Style With the passing of time, we have continued to develop a style of increased complexity rather than relying on simple fruit and oak flavours alone. A commitment to traditional winemaking techniques combined with ripe Hawke's Bay fruit results in wines that express complexity, texture and a sense of place. History The birthplace of quality New Zealand red wine Dating from 1897, when Bartholomew Steinmetz planted his vineyard next to Church Road, ours is one of the oldest wineries in the country. Steinmetz returned to his native Luxembourg in the 1920s, leaving his winery in the hands of the 19-year-old Tom McDonald, who had been working for him since his early teens. McDonald later bought the winery and set to making the first quality red wines in New Zealand, releasing the country's first commercial Cabernet Sauvignon in 1949. Quality steadily increased and by the 1960s New Zealand's wine connoisseurs snapped up McDonald's red wines year after year. Tom McDonald retired in 1976 and the winery carried on winemaking up until 1981 when a change of ownership saw the winery slowly shut down. The Church Road Winery was renovated and reopened in 1989 with the express purpose to re-establishing it as the heart of quality red winemaking in New Zealand. From the 1990 vintage we produced our first Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. We keep working to make even better wine and giving visitors an experience they'll cherish. The story continues day by day. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Church Road Syrah Hawkes Bay Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
02/24/2012

Ripe, powerful and dark on the nose with plenty of juniper, game, truffle, herb, oak and mint aromas over light wild blackberry fruit. On entry, this is rich and broad shouldered. A bit loose perhaps, but with a bold core of sweet ripe fruit that shows fine savoriness. Deep and woodsy, retaining a dried herb character on the long finish. This offers up huge dry extract and fairly reeks of violet. There is a lot to like, it just seems a little heavy-handed. 89pts



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