'Lovat' Syrah 2009
The clone of a planted variety is generally considered to have greater effect on the quality of white wines than reds but Syrah is an exception. Our plantings are of what is thought to be the ancient Serrine clone and when one looks at the fruit near harvest, differences can be seen when compared to modern clones. This was originally introduced into NZ in the late 1800's and the last few existing vines were rescued from oblivion by Dr Alan Limmer (then of Stonecroft wines) out of the old Te Kauwhata research station. This wine displays a colour of deep carmine with a slightly purplish edge creating immediate expectations of richness. The nose is warm and inviting, slightly floral with the smell of black plum and white pepper, but presently tending more toward complex characters including sweet leather and dark chocolate. The palate is fresh, yet rich and rounded, with full soft tannins enveloping floral and black plum fruits along with flavours of black tea, leather and a long clean aftertaste. Overall a youthful wine that shows considerable promise. Evaluate from 4+ years – it should continue to improve for more than 10 if cellared well.
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