Crimson and rich red colour with youthful tinges around the edge. This wine shows lifted aromas of black currants along with an earthy complexity. The palate is medium weight and soft with bright cassis and rich savoury flavours. Fine grained tannins and a long finish.
Our Syrah is grown in our Sally’s Field Vineyard in the Heart of the Red Metal Triangle in Bridge Pa Hastings. The vines are planted at a density of 2314 plants/ha and cover 5.6 ha in total. We grow three clones of Syrah which gives us blending options and complexity in the finished wine. In the three seasons that we have harvested Syrah from this site, each clone has performed differently and as the vines get older the flavours are becoming more complex and full with palate weight and texture improving. This block is irrigated and frost protected with targeted sprinklers to minimise our water use at this critical time of the season. We crop this variety to maintain the natural balance of the vine and the terrior to minimise the requirement for trimming and shoot thinning in the growing season and to allow for optimum ripeness to be obtained. This fruit is hand harvested and only the premium fruit is used for Maimai Creek wines.