Complex, spicy, supple, New Zealand Syrah is attracting increasing attention on the international stage.

Classic Reds Symposium 2017, Hawke's Bay

With bright flavours and elegant texture, the style of our Syrah is generally refined and elegant, and crammed with plum and savoury black pepper flavours.

Hawke’s Bay styles are known for their complexity, elegant firm tannins and aromatic and spicy flavours: berry fruit, plums, violet and pepper. The region grows around 70% of the national Syrah plantings.

Waiheke Island Syrah has substantial body and richness, with bramble and peppery characters.

Martinborough and the Wairarapa produce a number of extremely noteworthy examples, which are refined and complex due to a longer ripening season in the cooler climate.

Warm-fermented in stainless steel, following extended maceration and maturation in French oak, New Zealand Syrah is sometimes blended with Viognier to soften the palate and boost the aromatics.

“In weight and level of ripeness, think of Crozes-Hermitage or Saint-Joseph rather than Cote-Rotie or Hermitage … fresh, firm and food-friendly.”

Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, USA
Statistics for production and exports of syrah
SOURCE: New Zealand Winegrowers Annual Report

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Donut graph showing regional split of Syrah production
Regional plantings of Syrah in New Zealand

Typical regional styles

Climate is a major factor in defining regional styles.


Predominantly grown in the warmer regions of Auckland, Northland and Hawke’s Bay, which benefit from extended heat accumulation due to lower diurnal temperature variation.


Whilst Auckland has primarily clay-rich soils, Hawke’s Bay has a huge diversity of soils with river terraces comprising of volcanic loess, alluvial silts and deep river gravels.

Food matching

Very few wines can stand up to the powerful flavours of Peking Duck like a fruit-pure, beautifully scented New Zealand Syrah.

Brilliant with barbecued meats and beef served with a full flavoured sauce, or with tomato-based dishes such as pizza or bolognese.

Cellaring & serving

Cellaring and Serving New Zealand Syrah

Overall plantings in the past 10 years (hectares)


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