Organised Chaos Syrah 2019
$31.50 inc. GST
“The Syrah is entirely from the MS clone, or what is also known as the Limmer clones. These have olive-shaped berries and are directly propagated from the 100 cuttings which Alan Limmer famously saved from destruction at Te Kauwhata research station when he took them to plant at Stonecroft back in the 1980s. Where the Chardonnay is driven by style and modernity, the Syrah is a raw expression of grape and site. Fermented for 20 days and made without any oak influence at all, it is clean, crunchy and vibrant with an understated complexity. A streak of bright red fruit, a flash of wild flowers, the tang of green olives and finished with a whiff of dried bay leaves, I found this the most compelling of the trio, a voice of Syrah I hadn’t previously heard. Intentionally stripped back, Hayden’s sensitive winemaking has allowed the medium-bodied, energetic nature of this limestone-grown Syrah to shine. It is rare to encounter something this interesting which doesn’t immediately reference an Old-World archetype.” – Stephen Wong MW
Tasting Note: The Syrah is grown by Pieter Koopman, in the Havelock Hills. This region is characterised by its north facing aspect and its limestone rich soils. 2019 was an excellent vintage. A wet start to the season made way for plenty of heat and sunshine in the later stages of the season to give wines of great physiological ripeness, as excellent fruit expression. Loads of fresh, red fruit and dark spice. Earthy, smooth tannins with just a touch of oak and a nice medium bodied structure.
Winemaking Notes: De-stemmed without crushing. Pressed off after a cuvaison of 20 days. Fermented with indigenous yeast, using a pied de cuve from the vineyard. Fermented to dryness and then given 12 days of post ferment maceration to allow the tannins to balance. Pressed off and aged in stainless steel tanks before being bottled un-fined and only coarsely filtered.
Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand