Te Awa Syrah, Hawke’s Bay Bin End.
Te Awa Single Estate wines are grown on a single site in the sacred Gimblett Gravels, allowing true expression of the classic Hawkes Bay varieties Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux blends.
The grapes for Te Awa Syrah, Hawke’s Bay is sourced from a selection of premium vineyard blocks off the estate vineyard. These vines are amongst the oldest on the property. The vineyard is located on free draining gravel soils especially suited to the growing of high quality Bordeaux varietals. Intensive management during the season has resulted in low yielding high quality fruit parcels. The handpicked grapes were destemmed and tipped directly into a five tonne open top vat and given a three day cold soak. The grapes were then allowed to warm up and ferment spontaneously with native vineyard yeasts. To achieve complex characters in the blend, a small portion of the wine was drained toward the end of fermentation to finish in new French oak barrels. Once dry, the remaining wine was then drawn off the skins and aged for 14 months in 300L and 500L French oak barrels. The wine was racked once to blend in September before returning to barrels for a further nine months of ageing.