The season provided full vineyard canopies from midseason on, and a dryish autumn with a total heat slightly warmer than average - midway between the 97 & 98 vintages. Interestingly, total heats for Martinborough might seem technically a little too cool for making ripe Syrah styles, but low cropping and very careful vineyard management offsets this and seems capable of creating wines with clear varietal characters, strong vibrant colours and good concentration. This wine has a sweet accessible nose smelling of red/ black berries and fruit, flowers and a touch of dried rosemary. The palate is rounded, almost plush with well-integrated oak, a firm underlay of fruit tannins and a spicy finish, all integrated with flavours of raspberry, boysenberry, Black Doris plums and hints of Cassis.
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