Soho 'Valentina' Syrah 2019 (Waiheke Island, New Zealand) "...plum, smoked meat, tobacco..."
CARTER FAMILY ONETANGI JOMARA VINEYARD
Waiheke Island (known as the Island of Wine) is a renowned wine region that produces critically acclaimed artisan wines & is only a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Producing high quality Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Chardonnay & Rosé.
SOHO’s Onetangi Vineyard is north west facing so it receives ideal sun & heat through the day & gentle sea breezes have a cooling effect at night. These conditions ensure perfect ripening of fruit & beautiful concentration of flavours. Soil types are predominantly clay loam with some volcanic ash & gravels. The vineyard's focus is on prestige grape production.
"A stunning rendition; the perfumed bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, floral, olive and almond characters with a touch of pepper spice. It's wonderfully weighted on the palate, exhibiting outstanding fruit purity and persistency, gorgeously framed by velvety tannins. Opulent yet elegant with an impressive long gratifying finish." - 96 Points, Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
"Plush, vibrant and enticing bouquet loaded with ripe black currant and fresh black pepper, violets and toasty oak. A youthful wine with velvet tannins and a back bone of acidity. Fruit flavours of currant and black cherry, toasty wood, clove and baking spices. Youthful, lengthy and needs some time." - 93 Points, Cameron Douglas MS
"Bright, moderate ruby-red with a purple hue, lighter in purple on the rim. The bouquet is softly full, elegantly penetrating nuances of red plums, red berries, entwined with smoked meat, tobacco and a herbaceous underlay. Medium-full bodied, bright nuances of red plums and berries are supported by lacy acidity. Integrated aromas of smoked meat, tobacco contributes to the breadth of the palate, subtle herbaceous notes of peppermint and black pepper linger on the finish. Mouthwatering acidity lifted the palate and injected vitality, flows with fine-grain, powdery tannin. This is a harmonious Syrah with elegant weight, red fruit and smoked meat, tobacco complexities on a fresh and fine-textured palate." - 18.5/20, Raymond Chan