New Zealand’s South Island is well-established for its Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs. However, the North Island is still forging its identity as a fine wine producer. Of note, Hawke’s Bay has been producing excellent Malbec, Gamay, Merlot, and Syrah.
Te Mata is a longtime favorite at the Wine School, and this bottling highlights the great potential of Syrah in New Zealand. In addition, this bottling shows great character: smoke, toasted rosemary, and bright cherry lift from the glass. The palate offers up blue flowers and blue fruits, with a layer of roasting bacon fat in the finish. Highly recommended and reminiscent of an exceptionally friendly Crozes-Hermitage.
91 Points. Purchased for $20 in Pennsylvania.