A couple of years ago, G, a cycling mate of mine, decamped from the city with his wife and went to live in the Hawkes Bay. He bought a vineyard block and settled down to the Good Life. I’m not jealous, much. 🙂
He offered me a few bottles of the first wine off his block, bottled under his own label. I bought a brace for the Pool Room, and a brace to drink now.
Three Roads Vineyard Reserve Syrah Hawkes Bay 2014 – $$ – Drink 2018-2020
Hand picked, crafted and bottled by Clearview Estate off 18mth-old vines, the majority of G’s grapes go into their Kidnappers Syrah. This wine came from a barrel he put aside. He designed and affixed the labels himself.
14%. It’s youthful. Cloaked in darkest ermine with bright scarlet edges. It smells young. Fresh. Violets. Tannic. Reminiscent of Northern Rhone wines…
My first impression it was too young to drink now. And on first taste this was borne out. It tasted a bit lean, and tannic again. Lacked the heft a few more years of vine age would bring. But there was flavour and good extract in there, plums and berries, so it showed great promise. Could work up to be brooding, even.
I left a half-bottle behind for the following night…
And that was a great call. It tasted MUCH better. Lots of fruit showed past the structural textural tannins, it had softened and gained grace and power.
Needs decanting. Very nice.