The name ‘Serine’ came about after speculation over the origin of our oldest Syrah vines, which are the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand. At one stage, it was thought the clone of Syrah might be Serine. That was never established but the name stuck. We pick our Syrah in a number of different batches, as we have different clones, vineyards and ages of vines. For the Serine Syrah we aim to make a serious wine which will develop in the bottle, but one which does not need to be cellared for years before drinking.
Colour: Deep ruby red colour.
Aromatics: A fruity bouquet with cherry and redcurrant, together with notes of mocha, sweet spice and nutmeg.
Palate: Rich black fruit flavours together with sweet spices and a touch of pepper. It has a smooth finish and will develop further complexity with bottle age.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road and Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 7th and 22nd April 2016.
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Wild ferment. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
Maturation: Matured in French oak barriques for 20 months (20% new).
Bottled: 19th January 2018.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.