(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.
(2007) 100% Barrel ferment in Francois Frères oak, around 18% new. Fine, very complex, nose, with an array of yeasty, ripe aromas. Very nice toasty oak qualities too, and has a fine citrussy acidity running through it. Long and multi-layered finish.