95 pts ‘Editors’ Choice’ Wine Enthusiast May 2021 – #13 Top 100 for 2021
Te Mata’s estate Syrah is once again a lucid, approachable beauty. This vintage is more layered than the previous one, unraveling flavors and textures. First bright cherry and plums, then graphite, savory herbs and floral aromas like herbs de Provence. In fact, there’s a Southern French kitchen feel about this in general. The palate is linear and taut, with leathery tannins, crisp acidity and tart fruit. There’s a savory edge to the finish. A serious yet highly drinkable Syrah, especially when paired with roast lamb.
Sourced exclusively from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards, the estate vineyard wines represent the best qualities of their variety, vintage, and Hawke’s Bay origin
Deep, dark magenta, Estate Vineyards Syrah ’19 has an incredibly inviting fragrance of raspberry syrup, black cherry, plum and anise. Rich ripe fruit jumps out on the palate; a black-forest banquet of boysenberry, turkish delight, lavender and nutmeg, with dark cocoa on the finish. The bright modern fruit expression of Estate Vineyards Syrah ’19 is balanced by savoury spice and supple ripe tannin. Fantastic drink-now wine, super digestible.