“Syrah’s potential in this country’s warmer vineyard sites is finally being tapped. The top wines possess rich, vibrant blackcurrant, plum and black-pepper flavours, with an enticingly floral bouquet, and are winning growing international applause. Could Syrah replace Bordeaux-style, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends over the next decade as the principal red-wine style from Hawke’s Bay and the upper North Island? Don’t rule it out.
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