Rod McDonald ‘Trademark’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2011

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay
Review Date - 02-Oct-2014

19.5/20

Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red, near impenetrable, with a hint of garnet on rim. This has a bold, very full and densely packed bouquet with harmoniously interwoven aromas of black and red berry fruits, liquorice, plums, savoury and exotic Middle Eastern spices and waves of complex, cedary and aromatic oak, and earthy, secondary elements. Full-bodied and powerfully presented, rich and densely concentrated flavours of black and red berry fruits, plums and liquorice are complexed by layers of exotic cedary oak, and a full array of Middle Eastern and Asian spices along with secondary detail. The fruit is succulent and oaking opulent, and the flavours are encased by substantial, fine-grained tannin extraction and structure that balances the fruit decadence. The palate has power and drive from the alcohol, and underlying soft acidity adds to the energy, the wine carrying to a very long, sustained and concentrated finish. This is a powerful and fully-structured Syrah with waves of opulent fruit and decadent, spicy cedary oak, just beginning to show some secondary complexities. Match with slow cooked lamb and game meat over the next 8-10+ years. Fruit from organically managed MS clone vines planted in 2004, in a single site on S.H. 50 on gravel soils, the wine fermented to 14.5% alc. and aged 2 years in 60% new oak. 200 dozen made. 19.5/20 Oct 2014 RRP $75.00



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