- Grape: Syrah
Perfect with: Roast lamb rack with garlic herbs
You'll Love It If You Love: Medium bodied, cool-climate syrahs of Northern Rhone.
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 2023
Why You'll Love it?
Hiro Kusuda is a man who's dedicated his life to the art of winemaking. 2013 was a super vintage in NZ allowing Kusuda to produce some very pure and precise wines. The Syrah reminds me of the medium bodied, cool-climate syrahs of Northern Rhone. For those who are fans of Clonakilla, you'll love this style! Kusuda wines always have an amazing ethereal texture. This is no exception, think black fruits, white pepper, firm tannins underscored by lively acidity with a super long finish.
Hiro Kusuda is not your average winemaker. Originally he studied law and was an ambassador for Japan before giving it all up to pursue his lifelong dream to become a winemaker. He moved his entire family halfway across the world, firstly to Germany where he had to learn a new language to complete his oenology diploma by thesis, before moving to New Zealand to start his winery. His winemaking methods are nothing short of extreme perfectionism. Not only does he employ hand picking but he also berry sorts. So after a day of hand picking, it will take another 3 days to pick out the bad berries. Berries with any small imperfection, such as a scar, are rejected.
Only a few hundred cases of Syrah was produced in 2013 which was one of the best vintages in NZ.
Bursting with red berry fruits and intense rose petal perfumed nose that flow on to the palate. Such purity, concentration and intensity with silky, micro fine tannins are the hallmarks of a Kusuda Pinot Noir not found in any other wine. Ethereal texture that's delicate yet powerful. Balanced refreshing acidity and deliciously long finish. The only disappointment is finding out there's no more bottles left!
"Nose: Grilled meat with white pepper, tasteful vanilla oak, blackberry and more spice.
Palate: Medium to full bodied, very spicy and peppery but through a core of plush black and dark cherry fruit, slightly chalky tannin on a firm spicy finish of fine length." Gary Walsh
Deep tinted Syrah, with a surprisingly supple and ethereal texture. Red cherry, raspberry, subtle oak and faintly minty wine, with hints of chocolate and pepper spice on the finish. An intriguing wine that promises to age well - Bob Campbell.