Theory & Practice 2019 Syrah
- New Zealand, 750ml
Deep red in colour with a purple hue. A complex savoury nose with fruit characters of plum and blackberry. The palate is full bodied and rich with a meaty and earthy complexity. The spice notes are from both the fruit-five spice and black pepper and the newer barrels.
- Winery: Ant Mackenzie Wines
- Varietal: Syrah
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
Theory & Practice wines are made by winemaker Ant Mackenzie working in partnership with selected Hawke’s Bay growers. This range of wines showcase the best qualities of the Hawke’s Bay wine region.
"My working life in wine takes me up and down the country visiting wine regions, growers and producers. I’m almost always helping producers make or market wine using some of the theories and practices honed over my years in the industry.
Along the way I come across special parcels of fruit and wine that often don’t have a home.
Working with these growers and sometimes wineries we put together blends that reflect the regions where they are grown and the contemporary wine styles that the market enjoys.
With an initial focus on our home region of Hawke’s Bay we produce a small range of four wines: Chardonnay and a Pinot Gris; a Merlot and a Syrah.
My grower clients that provide fruit for these wines include Andrew and Deborah Stewart and his parents Warren and Olwynne, John and Kathryn Loughlin, Neal Cave and Suzanna Taylor, Bruce Leppard, Johnny and Shona Lyons, Philip and Sarah Barber, and Rene Fisch. There are also winery clients contributing to these wines and sometimes an ‘x-factor’ component gets sourced from outside of the family to make that all important difference." Ant Mackenzie
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