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 notes of blackcurrant, blueberry and raspberry.
Palate: Rich black fruit flavours together with notes of pepper and spice. 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 between 12th and 20th April 2019.
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. 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 over 18 months.
Bottled: 22nd January 2021.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.
95 points. Aromas of meats and baking spices, forest flowers and wild red berries. Raspberry and blackcurrant, earthy with a fruits core, some pepper and sweet barrel wood aromas. Complex and very enticing. On the palate - satins textures give way to firm tannins and youthful acidity. Flavours of black currant and ripe dark berries then sweet wood and barrel smoked meats. Delicious, but young. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2027+.