Mission ‘Huchet’ Syrah 2007

16-Jun-2011
Mission Estate has an enviable record for excellent quality and value wines, especially the reds. The Bordeaux varietal-based wines have led the way, but Syrah seems to have taken the limelight recently. This is Mission Estate's entry into the super-premium red wine stakes, named in tribute to Brother Cyprian Huchet, the cellarmaster at Mission in 1870 at the time of the first recorded commercial wine sales. Brother Cyprian Huchet, the son of a Loire vigneron, brought his expertise to the Mission and is regarded as one of the pioneering winemakers of New Zealand. The ‘Huchet' Syrah is the result of precision viticulture, Mission's viticulturist Caine Thompson using crop sensor and GPS technology to map out the lowest vigour Syrah vines from the ‘Mere Road' Gimblett Gravels vineyard. Two exceptional zones of vines were identified and the fruit harvested, separately fermented, the wines then blended by winemaker Paul Mooney to make Mission's finest Syrah to date. www.missionestate.co.nz

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