Brookfields Back Block Syrah 2018
Hawkes Bay is situated on the east coast of New Zealand`s North Island, right on the 40 degree South parallel. It is a temperate, maritime climate distinctly influenced by the Pacific Ocean to the east and protected from the west by a mountain range, giving low rainfall with the redominantly westerly weather pattern. The coastal gravels and mile climate allow for great red Bordeaux style wines and increasingly Rhone varietals using Syrah and Viognier.
Founded in 1937, Brookfields Vineyards is Hawke`s Bay`s Oldest Boutique Winery, situated alongside the glistening waters of the Tutaekuri River, between Napier and Hastings. The winery was purchased by the current owner and winemaker Peter Robertson, in 1977, who has since transformed Brookfields into a leading winery for New Zealand premium wines.
The `back block` at the Ohiti estate is literally a site, at the back, surrounded by hills on a shingle, free-draining terrace which faces north-east and is perfect for growing and ripening Syrah. A dark ruby colour with sweet berry fruits on the nose. The palate is round and approachable with notes of blackberries, cloves, pepper and earthy tannins.
Serve with slow cooked duck breast with a herb crust and wine jus.