2020 Amoise Syrah Hawke’s Bay

2020 Amoise Syrah, Hawke's Bay

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Grapes: second year in conversion BioGro organic Syrah.
Hand-picked & vineyard sorted on March 26th, 2020.
Origin: Bridge Pa region, single vineyard Chave clone.
Soils: Bridge Pa has some of the oldest soils
on the Heretaunga Plains. They have free
draining alluvium deposits of eroded ash,
loess and underlying sediments from the
surrounding hill sides. Underneath these deposits is where the famous “red metals” are found.
Winemaking: 30% whole bunches were kept for structure and aromatics. During fermentation the tank was foot plunged once a day. This fermented naturally and no additions were made at any time, as with all of the wines! Rested in neutral oak. Only 3 barrels made.
Floral, violets with crunchy red fruit, bramble, dark cherry & cassis with low alcohol and good acidity.
A bit more... The label depicts my six lucky donkeys, who live on the hill across from the vineyard. They have brought me a lot of happiness and good luck throughout the years.
I first got into wine during my years working in the Vancouver hospitality and wine retail scene. The friendly nickname Amoise arose during a memorable wine challenge and has stuck to this day. (pronounce “am-was”).
My never-ending thirst for knowledge sent me to work in Central Otago, where I fell in love with biodynamic farming. In Burgundy I completed my diploma in Viticulture & Winemaking. My time living and working in France allowed me to soak up the historical culture of wine, as well as learn from hardworking vignerons who put their energies and efforts into the vineyards to enable them to simply guide their grapes to the winery and bottle with minimal intervention. After several harvests in France, Australia, Italy & Canada I came back to my home in NZ.
I work with certified organic grapes sourced locally in Hawke's Bay because I believe in responsible farming, improving the health of our soils and what we put into our bodies. This is why I produce wines with no additions or adulterations of any kind.

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