Top 10 wines in the UK press

Waiheke Island Man O’War Dreadnought Syrah 2009


Rose Murray Brown, writing in The Scotsman, named this Syrah from Waiheke Island in New Zealand as her star buy this week.

Syrah, she said, is currently “causing a stir” in New Zealand and thriving in the country’s cool climate.

She said: “The main sweet Syrah spot is the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay, near Napier: where more than 70 per cent of Kiwi Syrah is planted. Now the holy grail of Syrah worshippers, it produces exciting wines including Craggy Range Le Sol, Trinity Hill Homage, Vidal Legacy, Villa Maria Reserve, Sacred Hill and Coopers Creek Reserve. Some like top producer Bilancia’s La Collina add a drop of white viognier (à la Rhône) to enhance aromas.”

Of this 2009 Syrah from Man O’War she said: “My current joint favourite Kiwi Syrah from steep hillside plantings on stunning Waiheke: fleshy ripeness, savoury edge; very impressive effort in 2009 vintage from Man O’ War winemaker Duncan McTavish.”

Price: About £29

One Response to “Top 10 wines in the UK press”

  1. Saffredi says:

    The D.O.C.G. Brunello di Montalcino rules have changed, some time ago … Brunello may already be released sooner than 5 years. In fact, the Brunello may be released after 48 months, including at least 4 months in bottle prior to relase.

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