Following on from yesterday’s plug for Trinity Hill’s rather tasty Syrah, here’s another lovely Kiwi Syrah, this time at a nicely affordable price.
Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2009 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
13% alcohol. Amazingly fresh, peppery, spicy black cherry nose. The palate is fresh and supple with light, juicy berry, plum and cherry fruit, as well as savoury clove and olive notes. Amazingly drinkable. It’s very northern Rhône in style, but more violetty, peppery and aromatic. 91/100 (£11.99 Majestic, Nisa, New Zealand House of Wine)