Redmetal Vineyards Syrah 2020
- New Zealand, 750ml
Dark fruit with floral highlights and hints of white pepper. Soft, approachable tannins give great drinkability. Supple, fruit driven and very moreish.
- Winery: Redmetal Vineyards
- Varietal: Syrah
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: 4-6 years in the cellar
- Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
It's back to the future for family owned Redmetal - with partners Sue and Grant Edmonds along with Diane and Gary Simpson reaffirming their commitment to and passion for high quality wine production. Our daughter makes time in her life every year to come home and help with the vintage (although Covid-19 put paid to that for the 2020 vintage), and our son still provides some muscle power when he can get time off work. When you’re born into it, you have wine coursing through your veins.
Grant returned to run the winery and vineyard in 2018 - on a full time basis, coming full circle after more than 30 years making wine elsewhere and running Redmetal in his spare time. Rekindling the passion happened almost instantly and now we’re applying all the accumulated experience of three decades as a winemaker to produce the highest quality wines that we can.
"Redmetal Vineyards began in 1991 with the planting of a north facing 8 hectare block of prime viticultural land in the Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region of Hawkes Bay.
This is a part of New Zealand renowned for it's agricultural excellence. The vineyard is on the old bed of the Ngaruroro River with free-draining river gravels (locally known as red metals) being the crucial factor in making high quality wine.
The Bridge Pa Triangle is situated at latitude 39⁰ south, about the same distance from the equator as Madrid in the northern hemisphere. We don’t get their temperature extremes, but concentrated fruit flavours are produced by a long, slow ripening season.
Our vineyard is on the south western edge of the Heretaunga Plains, 10 minutes drive from the bustling metropolis of Hastings.
It is far enough inland to miss the coastal sea breeze and is protected from the prevailing westerly weather by the Ruahine mountain range. The climate here is unusually dry, with regular droughts and high sunshine hours providing textbook conditions for grape growing.
We began as a passionate producer of Merlot blended with a small proportion of Cabernet Franc, but over time added Syrah and more recently Albarino to our range. There are two levels. The top reds are hand plunged in small open vats and spend 9 to 18 months in oak barrels depending on variety and vintage. Our Albarino and Rosé are cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness and aromatics. The Basket Press wines will comfortably cellar for a decade or more, but all of the wines have our hallmark drinkability from an early age."
- 90/100 Points & 4 Stars - Bob Campbell, The Real Review (2018 vintage)
- 4 Stars - Michael Cooper (2018 vintage)
- 90/100 Points & 4 Stars - Canvas Magazine (2018 vintage)
- 4 Stars - Bob Campbell, The Real Review (2016 vintage)
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