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Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2008

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The Experience

Drink When...
After a tricky interview
Listen To...
Status Quo
Think About...
This grass is actually fine
Drink With...
Venison and Truffle Mash

The Oddbins Take

This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why. This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...

The Vital Statistics

Country
New Zealand
Region
Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Vintage
2008
Drink
Now Or Will Develop Over The Next 5 Years
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
13.50%
Alcohol Units
10.1
Awards
Gold at International Wine Challenge 2011

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The Style

Grape
Shiraz/Syrah (100%)
Character
Chunky, Oaked, Rich
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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With free-draining low fertility soils and warm conditions, the Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay provides superb growing conditions for Syrah. In 2008 the grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed and crushed before fermenting at temperatures between 28 and 33°C. After thirty days on its skins the wine was pressed and run off into oak barriques. Following malolactic fermentation the wine spent a further eighteen months on its fine lees in 45% new French oak barrels. Before bottling it was fined with egg white and filtered.