Syrah

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

Craggy Range Syrah

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.

A long history in New Zealand, dating back to the mid-1800s, today almost 90% of plantings are found in Hawke’s Bay and Auckland/Northland.

Distinguished by its bright, spicy flavours and elegant texture, you’ll instantly appreciate the intense varietal distinctiveness of New Zealand Syrah, akin to the elegant Northern Rhône style, crammed full of plum and savoury black pepper flavours, and sometimes even a hint of violets.

Syrah plantings have grown fast from a small base, almost doubling in the last decade to 430 hectares in 2016. 

“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
Syrah production and export statistics
Donut graph showing regional split of Syrah production
Regional plantings of Syrah in New Zealand

Climate is a major factor in defining regional styles.

 

Climate: 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.

Soils: 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

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