The Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand, with its mild climate and gravelly soils, is gaining a reputation for producing some of the best, most elegant and well balanced Syrahs anywhere. This limited production prestige bottling from one the oldest (1892) and best family-owned wineries in New Zealand is a brilliant example, magnificently straddling the stylistic line between new and old world, while bringing a brilliant streak of distinct and delicious terrior. Made from all estate grown fruit, this meticulously hand-made wine spend 15 months in new and used French oak. This beautifully balanced, elegantly plush wine is richly textured and powerful without being heavy, clumsy and overdone. There are intense and complex aromas of rich berry and plum, with pretty floral, spice and earthy notes adding to the complexity. The texture is smooth and sensuous, with strong yet supple dark plum and dark berries bursting in the mouth and coating the palate. The tannins are smooth and firm and there is good natural acidity. There is a beguiling faint hint of dark chocolate on the long smooth finish. If you want to see what the best of New Zealand wine is all about, you ought to try this distinctly world class wine. Decant now or age for 3-10 years.