Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $39.99
Soft, rich and accessible with plum, dark berry, dark chocolate, mocha, black pepper and liquorice/anise flavours, with a suggestion of fresh herbs. Smooth, sugar-coated tannins provide plenty of structure and potential longevity. Perhaps not quite up to the standard of the previous vintage but an impressive wine nonetheless, which will do no harm to the reputation of Grand Reserve.
Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting
Ageing: now to 2025
Food: Aromatic BBQ lamb curry, smoked potatoes, 36 pickled garlic, cashews & charred shallots
Stockists: Church Road Wines; First Glass Wines, Auckland; Advintage, Hawke’s Bay (NZ)
Ranked #1 of 18 2015 Shiraz tasted from New Zealand
Price Benchmark: NZD $49.99 Avg 95pt 2015 Shiraz tasted from New Zealand