Jurassic Ridge Syrah 2011, Waiheke

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Syrah 2011


Single vineyard, 100% pure single varietal Syrah from ‘Hermitage’ (MS) clone grapes. An unfined wine, cellar-aged for 9 years before release in 2020. A classic, well-balanced cool-climate Waiheke Syrah, similar to those from  ‘Cote Rotie’ – with smooth velvety tannins, complex black fruit, cassis and lightly spiced with black pepper.



5 – 8 years


2011 was a very different year on Waiheke with good flowering, excellent fruit set, followed by cooler and wetter weather than average leading up to harvest in April. By intensive canopy management and fruit reduction (‘green harvest’) we obtained excellent fruit, albeit in small volumes.


The seven-year old vines were intensively canopy managed with bud rubbing, shoot thinning, shoot positioning, hand trimming and green harvest to achieve a maximum of 6-8 bunches per vine..


The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the morning, sorted in the field, chilled and destemmed soon after harvesting. Fermentation was in small (900 and 1500L) batches in modern equivalents of terracotta amphora. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and cellar aged for 9 years before release.

Harvest Date: 6 April 2011
Bottled: 23 August 2013
Viticulturist: Lance Blumhardt
Winemaker: Lance Blumhardt
Brix at harvest: 24.2 degrees
Alcohol (% vol): 13.6%/vol
pH: 3.73
TA (g/L): 6.7
Residual sugar (g/L): 1.2

Premium Bordeaux Antique Green glass; 12x750ml (6×2 layflat carton +moulded liners); Stelvin closure


WWA Certified 100% Sustainable Waiheke Grown Grape; Export Certified; Vegetarian and Vegan suitable;

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