Matua S V Matheson Syrah 2014
Intense in its purple red colour; vanillin oak fills the bouquet with red berries and spice then in the palate there’s a soft façade to the muscular concentration with superb tannins that are rounded and full of finesse. A spicy wine — more cake spice than pepper however — with super ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit together with dried cake fruit mix, a hint of cherry chocolate, some herbal nuances and a savoury oak depth. Full-bodied and smooth in its flow with a lingering finish is terrifically juicy with loads and loads of flavour. Matured in French and American oak, this magnificent wine has won gold at the AirNZ Wine Awards, Hawkes Bay Wine Awards and four Trophies at the International Wine Challenge 2016 including Best NZ Red and Top International Syrah.