We aim to present the essence of cool climate Syrah in our Dry River Syrah.  Picked at the end of the ripening season-sometimes in May-and made in a similar fashion to the Pinot noir, sans the whole bunch.  We have pioneered this variety in Martinborough with the first vintage being 1996 and labelled as ‘Arapoff’ Syrah.  We have since purchased the vineyard and renamed it ‘Lovat’.  The vineyard is planted to the ‘Limmer’ clone of Syrah in the early 1990’s and is still regarded as the best selection for high quality Syrah wines.  These wines are perhaps the longest lived of our wines with well cellared bottles showing well at 15 years of age.