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Snooth User: GregT

Notes on a New Zealand syrah

Posted by GregT, Nov 10, 2008.

I was rooting around in the cellar looking for something a bit different from the usual suspects, and came across a bottle I'd forgotten about.

Matariki Hawkes Bay 2001 Syrah - Fairly reductive nose with plenty of funk on opening the bottle. In a few minutes it blew off, but never entirely. I didn't count it as a flaw, just something I hadn't expected because I couldn't remember that aromatic a nose when the wine was young. On the palate, it was a bit leathery, with some tart blackberry/cherry as well as an almost sweet note that was accented by pepper/spice, particularly toward the end. Certainly no fruit bomb. On the other hand, it was a bit riper and far more interesting than many of the reds I've had from New Zealand.

A pretty good wine that seems to be maturing fairly quickly. Not dissimilar from a syrah-based Cote du Rhone in overall weight and feel. Not too expensive either. My guess is that if you like "old-world" wines, you'll like this one.


Reply by dvogler, Nov 4, 2019.

Hey Greg,

Good tasting note.  I had a Hawkes Bay Syrah about five years ago now.  I can't remember anything about it, other than it wasn't cheap, but it was satisfying.

I thought you might get a chuckle out of my dumpster dive ;)

Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 7, 2019.

We'll be cruising around New Zealand this coming February and we have a tour of the wineries of Hawkes Bay on 11 Feb 2020.  I shall look for a Syrah while there.  We will also visit Villa Maria (Remember the virtual tasting earlier this year?) and the West Brook wineries on 05 Feb 2020.  This should be a lovely trip as we have not yet toured New Zealand.

Reply by dvogler, Nov 7, 2019.

Good to see you Al.

Be sure to post some photos and tasting notes here when you come back!

Reply by GregT, Nov 7, 2019.

HELL of a dive DV!!! What a find! 

Have a great time Al!

Reply by Really Big Al, Nov 8, 2019.

I definitely plan to post some pictures during the trip on my wine forum, and I will build a web page that covers the whole trip like I did with our July 2019 cruise from Venice to Athens.  I shall try to remember to post that new web page here on Snooth too.  

Reply by zufrieden, Nov 10, 2019.

Too bad I will be having some dental surgery at that time.  NZ wineries are certainly on the agenda, and I might have joined just such an expedition had other events not unceremoniously intervened.  But teeth are a bit more important just now.  Enjoy your trip.


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