Church Road Tom Hawkes Bay Syrah 2015
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Only the third ever release of a Syrah under Church Road’s iconic TOM series from an amazing 2015 Hawke’s Bay vintage.
TOM is the pinnacle of winemaking at Church Road and only ever released in the very best of vintages. It’s their tribute to one of New Zealand’s winemaking legends, Tom McDonald. The very best parcels of fruit from their Redstone and Bridge Pa Triangle vineyards, a meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the winemaking process, aged for 22 months in oak, a truly world class example of Syrah that’s a fitting tribute to Tom, nicknamed “The Father of red winemaking in New Zealand“.
Tom, back in his winemaking days, never actually made a Syrah but Church Road’s chief winemaker Chris Scott simply couldn’t turn down the chance to craft one given the legendary vintage in 2013 and 2014. Infact, he may have even got in trouble for making one before the bean counters gave him the thumbs up!
But as Chris put it, “As a man who was always looking forward and challenging the potential of our region, we think he’d approve.”
They’ve got every right to be chuffed to bits with this 2015 release! Awarded 96/100 by Bob Campbell, Bob calls it “Superbly elegant and fragrant syrah”. Michael Cooper’s 5 Star review came with a warning – “Already dangerously drinkable, it’s well worth cellaring to at least 2022.”
Each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a stunning Church Road TOM gift box. It’s a true collector’s item and if you can tuck it away in the cellar for the long term and resist busting it out to show off to your wine buff mates, you’ll be rewarded. Recommended drinking for this one is 2020 to 2025.