SOUTHBANK ESTATE - Hawkes Bay, Reserve Syrah 2005
The grapes for this Hawkes Bay wine were principally from the Dartmoor Valley.
Machine picked in early April and fermented in small open top fermenters, the wine developed intense white pepper notes during fermentation. As with most of Crossroads' red wines, hand plunging and controlled temperatures have produced an aromatic fruity wine with gentle but firm tannins balancing the palate structure.
The wine was aged for 10 months in a mix of new and seasoned French and American oak, 20% of which was new.
Contrary to a commonly held perception, Syrah performs best under moderately warm climatic conditions rather than extremely hot conditions. As such it is highly suited to the Hawkes Bay climate.
The resulting wines tend to be highly aromatic and flavoursome combining elements of blueberry, blackberry and ground white pepper. These flavours are given lift and sweetness from aging the wine in small French and American barriques.
The firm tannin structure enhances the enjoyment of this wine by prolonging the palate length while making it the perfect accompaniment to strongly flavoured, rich, red meat dishes.