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Grapes: Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Viognier
Waiheke Island- 2019
New Zealand’s first Rhone Ranger wine, made with the classic ”GSM” (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah) varieties of the south of France. 2019 was a great vintage for Syrah on Waiheke, and this estate-grown Northern Rhone blend is a perfect exemplar of the vintage.
Black plum and blueberry are followed by very pretty florals and baking spice on the nose. The palate is harmonious, with fine structure and soft acidity.
This 2019 will continue to improve over the medium term in the cellar.
For hundreds of years, pilgrims have passed through Provence, Languedoc, and Rousillon on their way to Spain and the church of Santiago de Compostel. Their symbols are the cross and the scallop shell which appear on wall frescoes throughout the region, indicating that pilgrims are welcome and, more importantly, safe.