2012 Spy Valley Syrah ,Marlborough
A wine with great exuberance in the fruity and spicy aromas and flavors.
The nose is intensely fruity, super plummy with also heaps of black cherry aromas. It smells like dark juicy stonefruit.
There’s also a clear meaty feel, like the juicy inside of a steak. This is complemented by a mushroomy earthiness, quite pronounces stalkiness, as well as much present oaky notes of vanilla and clove.
A very complex and appealing nose then, with many layers being revealing one after the other.
The tannins are very smooth, with medium density, and a slight dry finish that makes the wine feel savory. The typical Syrah characters are more expressed in the mouth than they were on the nose. You get the plum, fruitiness, and earthiness you got on the nose, but this comes backed up by much Syrah-like violet and pepper notes in the mouth.
An enjoyable and complex wine, with many layers keeping your senses awake along the tasting.
It is overall rather unexpected, with fruit, earth, mushromm and spices mixed up in a great intensity.
The general feel is not as dense as you’d expect from a wine with such depth but ertainly delivers with the interest it generates.
Nice and enjoyable example of New Zealand Syrah wine 🙂