Te Awa Syrah Hawkes Bay 2009
The hand-picked grapes were de-stemmed and tipped directly into a five tonne open top vat, given a five day cold soak and allowed to warm up and ferment spontaneously with native vineyard yeasts. The young wine was then drawn off the skins and aged for 15 months in 300L French oak barrels. The wine was racked once to blend, in January, and returned to barrels for a further five months of consolidation.
External Reviews for Te Awa Syrah Hawkes Bay
Impressive wine with more fruit sweetness and intensity than the Left Field label. Very seductive Syrah that delivers dark berry, plum and black pepper with energy and focus. Though delicious now I will be intrigued to see how it ages. The wine has a... Bob Campbell, MW. A Syrah wine from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. 2009 Te Awa Syrah 750ml
Impressive wine with more fruit sweetness and intensity than the Left Field label. Very seductive Syrah that delivers dark berry plum and black pepper with energy and focus. Though delicious now I will be intrigued to see how it ages. The wine has a heavy deposit of tartrates - decant before drinking. Bob Campbell MW.
Food Pairings for Te Awa Syrah Hawkes Bay
A very typical Syrah nose of black berry fruits and cinnamon quill spice. Savoury notes such as miso, beef stock and freshly filed steel give this wine an extra dimension. This unami like complexity is the result of multiple strains of vineyard yeast and long term barrel aging on a heavy lee of decaying skin fragment, yeast and malo lactic bacteria. This palate is medium bodied as one would expect from our version of Syrah. The tannins are supple and remain unmodified, in their naturally extracted state, poised to take the wine forward in the bottle. Expect a richness of flavour, an economy of flamboyance and the satisfaction of natural balance.
Aged 15 months in French Oak.
Aged 5 months in French Oak.
|Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter|