ROCK EARTH SYRAH 2013
Notes: A 100% Syrah named after our rocky soils on Waiheke coastal single site “The 8 Vineyard". Hand-tended vines, tiny crop yields and a masterful combination of 6 "class A" syrah clones, combine to produce a rich, elegant and complex wine that proudly expresses this unique and spiritual piece of earth. 16 months in 75% new French barriques. Unfined and minimally filtered. Symbolic of a stable home and protective place. An expression of this great earth. Influenced by the great Cote Rotie in the northern Rhone valley where Luc studied and worked.
Cellar at 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2018 – 2028.
Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
96/100 – Bob Campbell MW
“Rich, intense, almost luscious syrah with ripe blackberry, cassis, vanilla, pepper, spice, anise and classy oak flavours. A concentrated wine that keeps revealing different nuances of flavour on its lingering finish. Should develop well with bottle age.” – Bob Campbell MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“The beautiful 2013 vintage was estate-grown in The 8 Vineyard and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). Set to flourish for a decade, it is finely scented and deeply coloured, with substantial body, dense, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of licorice, very fine-grained tannins, and lovely richness and harmony.” – Michael Cooper