Mawhitipana Ridge Syrah 2021
$85.00 inc. GST
The Ridge vintages are produced from the blocks of the vineyard owned and managed by Mair & Simon, so named for the both outlook and the slopes from which these grapes are harvested from.
94/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
94/100 – Bob Campbell MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“‘Ridge’ Syrah 2021 is a youthful fine-grained red with violet, cassis, black pepper, dark chocolate and spicy oak flavours. The wine opened as it sat in the glass and would benefit from aeration. Obvious cellaring potential. Elegant and refined.” – Bob Campbell MW
“A deep purple and ruby core with a purple rim, very bright appearance. Aromas of blue fruits and purple flowers, sweet doris plums and milk chocolate, black currant and toasted wood scents. Baking spices and a red peppercorn note add complexity. Dry, taut and textured on the palate with flavours of dark berries and plums, baked raspberry and peppery spices. Firm tannins and acid set a strong foundation with fruit flavours weaving through. Well made, youthful and needing some cellar time with best drinking from 2025 through 2032+” – Cameron Douglas MS
“Showing obvious potential, the very youthful 2021 vintage is a single-vineyard red, estate-grown and hand-picked at Palm Beach. Deep and purple-flushed in colour, it is fragrant, mouthfilling, dense and supple, with deep plum, berry, spice and black pepper flavours, showing good complexity, and a finely textured, very harmonious finish. Best drinking 2026+.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: The 2021 Māwhitipana Ridge Syrah had a run as dreamy as its origins, a single vineyard in a sunny, hidden valley with a glimpse of the sea. Handcrafted by two families that live on the land as kaitiaki (guardians), this season was long, calm and dry. A hot summer with little rain produced low yields with highly concentrated grapes. The settled harvest period allowed ideal picking conditions.
Vintage Notes: A vibrant Syrah with opulent blackcurrant and boysenberry notes on the nose, fused in harmony with the savouriness of cracked black pepper. Ripe berry fruit and spices flooding the palate, with fine tannins on the finish. A limited vintage with only 99 cases produced.
Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand