Tinpot Hut Syrah Hawkes Bay 2013




Ruby red with a purple hue. White and black pepper aromas mingle with violets, plums, a subtle chocolate and leather spiciness. Medium-bodied with pepper and cinnamon characteristics and a slight bacon note on the finish. A firm acid backbone with silky tannins harmonises with the fruit and culminates in a warm ripe finish.

Two different clones of Syrah are sourced from a single vineyard site in Hawkes Bay, in the subregion of Dartmoor from some of the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand. This site benefits from slightly higher altitude, allowing warm days and cool nights to concentrate flavours and ripen tannins without loss of acidity. Planted on an ancient river terrace, the soils have a silt top soil overlaying stone, mixed with some clay and silt loam, allowing good drainage and proving good for growing a more restrained, elegant and aromatic style of Syrah. Tinpot Hut also sourced fruit from the Gimblett Gravels region where the unique gravel soils give power and structure to the wines.

Each parcel of fruit was monitored during the long ripening period so that it could be harvested at optimum maturity in cool conditions. The grapes were de-stemmed into small open top fermenters where cool, pre-fermentation maceration took place for five days. Selected yeasts were used for fermentation and the must was hand-plunged three times a day. After fermentation and pressing, the wine was racked into a mixture of small stainless steel tanks and new and used French oak. Malolactic fermentation followed in oak, where the wine remained for nine months prior to blending and bottling.

 13% abv
Tinpot Hut Syrah Hawkes Bay 2013
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