Blank Canvas 'Hawkes Bay' Syrah 2015 (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand) "...black plum, black pepper, liquorice..."
"Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, near impenetrable at the heart, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with finely concentrated and deep aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with black plums, black pepper, subtle notes of Asian spices and liquorice, with herbal and whole bunch stalk detail adding interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with a concentrated core of blackberry fruit interwoven with dark herbs, black pepper, unfolding black plums and spice elements. The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannin structure with balanced, vibrant acidity, and the wine carries with good linearity to a sustained finish. This is an elegant, but intensely flavoured and concentrated Syrah with black fruits and black pepper, and herb and whole bunch stalk notes on a vibrant, fine-structured palate. Match with herb-marinated lamb, beef or venison over the next 7-9 years. Syrah fruit from Dominic Smith’s single vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels indigenous yeast fermented with 7% Gruner Veltliner skins, and 60% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak." - 18.5+/20, Raymond Chan