Serine Syrah 2014
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
The 2014 growing season was excellent. They had great weather through flowering and fruit set followed by a long ripening period. Fruit ripened slightly earlier than usual. Spring was humid and settled and the summer hot with high growing degree days. Rainfall occurred at the right times. These conditions produced fruit with lots of flavour and good ripeness.
Aroma: It has dense boysenberry and blueberry fruit aroma with pepper, olive and hints of spice.
Palate: It has rich black fruit flavours with a touch of black cherry together with sweet spices and a touch of pepper. It has a smooth finish and will develop further complexity with bottle age.
Bottle Closure: Cork
Harvest: Hand harvested on 12th April 2014
Vinification: It was fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. It was wild ferment. It was hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation by soaking for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
>> "A great bouquet of peppered red and black fruits, wild field mushroom and velvet textures, plenty of oak, but well measured and while obvious is not too much; obvious complexity. On the palate - dry and quite delicious with plenty of fruit with plenty of oak; the gravelly stony soil layer alongside a decent measure of tannin and oak takes a bit of getting used to, but leaves the palate demanding just a little bit more. Most certainly a food wine at this age, but will soften into a muscly yet quiet wine in about 5 years and then continue to age for 10."
-4****, Cameron Douglas-
>> "Certified organic, the 2014 vintage (4****) was estate-grown at Mere Road and Roys Hill, hand-harvested and matured for 18 months in French oak casks (35 per cent new). Fresh and elegant, rather than powerful, it is deeply coloured, with a floral, slightly earthy bouquet. Vibrantly fruity, it is a youthful, medium to full-bodied red, with strong plum/spice flavours, showing clear-cut varietal character, and very good density and complexity. Best drinking 2018+."
-4****, Michael Cooper-