Riverby Estate Syrah 2011
This is the first Syrah produced under our Riverby label from vines planted in 1990, making them some of the oldest in Marlborough. The 2010/11 season proved idea for ripening our Syrah fruit to the level where we considered it suitable for our Riverby label. The vines were cropped very low, at less than five tonnes per hectare, and given special care by our viticultural team. When the fruit had ripened perfectly it was all hand-picked. It was then destemmed and given a warm fermentation, before being aged for 11 months in largely seasoned oak. It was bottled in late March 2012.
When poured, the colour is an enticing, velvety, deep ruby red. The nose abounds with delightful florals; dark roses and violets, plus classical Syrah characters of spices, black pepper, dark plums and blackberry. This is a complex and mouth-filling wine with charming fine grained tannins and well balanced acidity. On the palate it is rich and elegant with the dark plums, cracked pepper and spice combining to give a most satisfying mouth-feel. The finish is long and smooth and perfectly poised. There is the promise of considerable aging potential and undoubtedly this wine will develop even greater complexity with time.
Alcohol:11.8%, Acidity: 5.7, PH: 3.56, Residual Sugar:0 g/l.
"Oldest Syrah vines in Marlborough planted in 1990. Sweet fruit initially is soon overcome by firm, drying tannins. Good acidity. White and black pepper plus floral characters with some red fruits. A slightly raw and very youthful wine that needs time to settle in the bottle."
Bob Campbell, July 2012
"Boysenberry, black cherry and soft spices ooze through on the nose and it's a very gentle, warming, comfortably textural wine with slippery-soft tannins."
Yvonne Lorkin, July 2012