(2021) From Waiheke Island, which is a short ferry ride from Auckland, lying off the East coast, and is something of a red wine hotspot. This Syrah is matured in 35% French Oak Puncheons, and 65% older barriques. Two years older than the previous wine and a softer colour, and there's a meatiness here, briarwood, game and a little smokiness, the fruit still in the red spectrum and there's cedar too in a very classic style. In the mouth there's great sweetness and ripeness, a fleshiness to the fruit, plum flesh and a bite of cherry pits and a little stemmy wood note that fits really nicely in the picture. Rhône-ish in style for me and very good.