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 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.
"Quite an ethereal Syrah with typical Kusuda purity and refinement. Gentle raspberry, cherry, violet, rose petal and spicy French oak flavours. A delicate, graceful wine with impressive concealed power demonstrated in a lingering finish." - 96 pts Bob Campbell MW