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Te Awa Syrah Hawkes Bay 2009

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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.

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Te Awa Farm Winery Ltd:
Our philosophy is to achieve balanced wines, reflecting the grapes from which they are made and having the individuality of our vineyard site. Embracing the time proven traditions of the worlds great winemakers, we harvest and vinify the different parcels of our vineyard separately, which gives us small variations in flavour and texture and thus more options when it comes to blending. We aim... Read more
Our philosophy is to achieve balanced wines, reflecting the grapes from which they are made and having the individuality of our vineyard site. Embracing the time proven traditions of the worlds great winemakers, we harvest and vinify the different parcels of our vineyard separately, which gives us small variations in flavour and texture and thus more options when it comes to blending. We aim for a synergistic effect, where the wine will be better than the sum of the individual parts. Even in our single variety wines we blend different components from different parts of the vineyard to achieve the most complete and balanced wine. Once blended, the components marry and age together, evolving towards harmony as one wine - the best possible expression of our vineyards unique character. We see ourselves as working with nature so that our wines are the unification of all the elements; our soil, cultivars, climate, and people. Read less

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08/09/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Te Awa Syrah Hawkes Bay

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/07/2011

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.



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Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Aged 5 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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