Sam Harrop Onetangi Waiheke Island 2018
- New Zealand, 750ml
This Syrah is the antithesis of the big, rich, ripe Syrahs that are abundantly available on the very special Waiheke Island. Raspberry, strawberry and pink grapefruit notes mingle with perfumed floral, thyme, cedar and white pepper. The wine has fine-grained, silky tannins, with supple mid-palate texture and moderate to fresh acidity that lengthens and balances the palate.
- Winery: Sam Harrop
- Varietal: Syrah
- Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Contains sulphites
- Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
The Jomara Vineyard in Waiheke’s Onetangi Valley is planted on steeply terraced, northwest facing clay soil. This gives the fruit sunshine hours and warmth needed to achieve perfect ripeness. With the ocean just down the road, cool afternoon sea breezes ensure that the grapes keep their acidity, freshness and elegance.
"Tūrangawaewae is a Maori word that that refers to a strong sense of identity or belonging felt through deep connection to a place. Our Tūrangawaewae series brings to life this idea through specially selected parcels from exceptional vineyards in some of the lesser-known wine regions of New Zealand. Expressing an abundance of personality and character unique to these sites, these are wines that have truly found where they belong." Sam Harrop
Small batch wines that transport you to their special place in the world, by Master of Wine Sam Harrop.
Grown and made in New Zealand, Sam specialises in Chardonnay and Syrah - in particular, single vineyards. His philosophy of hand-harvesting at optimum ripeness, meticulous sorting and sympathetic crafting produces wines that are subtle, singular and long-living.
New Zealand-born Master of Wine Sam Harrop has spent nearly half his life living and breathing wine and was recognised as one of the top 10 most influential wine consultants in the world (Drinks Business 2013).
From his early years as a flying wine buyer for top UK retailer Marks and Spencer, to his more recent roles as speaker, educator, and co-chair of one of the world’s biggest wine competition, Sam has retained his passion for pushing boundaries and sharing his knowledge.
His respect for provenance and sustainability is the driver behind his boutique wine-making operation in New Zealand.
Focusing on preserving wine diversity and elevating a sense of place in wine, Sam makes small volumes of mainly single vineyard wines in his signature sympathetic style. His wines are globally appreciated and provide a touchpoint for his philosophy in wine and life: to continually challenge conventions.
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