Kusuda Martinborough Syrah 2010 750ml
Kusuda 2010 Syrah
Trophy - Best Wine of the Show - 6 Nations International Wine Challenge, Sydney 2013
18/20 - Jancis Robinson MW
"2,764 bottles produced. Aged for 20 months in French barriques (27% new) and bottled after a coarse filtration but no fining. Mid to dark crimson (a very different colour from this producer's ethereal Pinots). Rich, meaty nose with black pepper notes. Succulent texture, bone dry, lightly salty but very fine tannins. Bold in the sense of how much care has obviously been taken. Great texture and not a jot of sweetness nor obvious oak. Was it the (coolish) vintage I love? Lightly sinewy but very beautiful and understated overall. Is there a subtler NZ Syrah in existence?"
When to Drink - 2014~2024
Tasted - 14 Sep 2013
Dates harvested: 26-30 April. Harvested by hand with rigorous selection
Sugar level (Brix): 22 – 23.5
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l
Vinification: 100% destemmed, cold soaked for approx. 5 to 6 days without crushing. Fermented in open stainless steel vats with pumping-over and hand plunging, total period of maceration 27 to 28 days. Aged in French (27% new) oak barriques for 20 months. Unfined and bottled after coarse filtration.
Date of Bottling: 27.Feb 2012
Bottles produced: 2764
Remarks: The summer of 2010 was slightly cooler than normal. Autumn was characterized by extremely cold mornings, including a few early frosts. Dropped fruits more than usual, resulting 22hl/ha.