2018 Sam Harrop ‘Onetangi’ Syrah, Waiheke
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. 1300 bottles made.
Country: New Zealand
Region: Onetangi, Waiheke Island
“Sam combines a rigorous scientific mind with a heartfelt respect for people and nature and an innate sensitivity to what makes wine great”Andreas Kubach - Bodegas Fontana, Spain
Despite its modest 50 hectare Syrah planting Waiheke Island has gained a global reputation for textured, yet abundantly elegant and peppery, cool climate Syrahs.
This Syrah is the antithesis of the big, rich, ripe Syrahs that are abundantly available, speaking directly to its special place in the world: Waiheke Island.
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.