Seductive syrah

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $59.99

Elegant syrah with violet, plum, berry and black pepper flavours. An appealing wine with an attractive floral lift. Sweet, ripe fruit flavours are perfectly balanced by ripe tannins. Good now, better later. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Ageing: now to 2026

Food: Beef fillet, eggplant, black garlic foam

Stockists: Villa Maria Wines; First Glass Wines, Auckland; Vino Fino, Christchurch (NZ); House of Fine Wine (AU distributors)

Ranked: #3 of 27 2016 Shiraz from Hawke’s Bay

Awarded: Top Rank

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