Kidnapper Cliffs / Hawkes Bay / 2013 / Syrah

Kidnapper Cliffs / Hawkes Bay / 2013 / Syrah

This is a full bodied and rich Syrah with nice savoury notes that combine beautifully with the classic Hawke’s Bay Syrah flavours of dark berry fruits and black pepper. The palate is rich and generous with an underlying natural acidity and fine tannins which keep the wine fresh and will ensure it ages beautifully in the bottle.


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Drinking well upon release this wine has great potential for extended cellaring from 2017-2025+
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The Winemaking

The individual vineyard parcel for this wine was hand-picked and made the short trip to the winery where it was destemmed but not crushed and then tipped into a stainless steel open top fermenter. After a brief cold soak, the grapes underwent a natural fermentation and the young wine was pressed off after 14 days total maceration. The wine was then run to French oak hogshead barrels (35% new) for malolactic fermentation and ageing. Left on gross lees and un-sulphured for the first year of its life, the wine was then racked and sulphured, before being put back to barrel for a further 8 months of ageing. After 20 months in barrel, it was then blended and bottled.

The Vineyard

This wine is made using the legendary “Limmer” clone of Syrah grown on the stoniest part of the Te Awa Estate vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. With the Estate straddling the edge of the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions, there is a diverse range of soil types. The section of the vineyard used for this Syrah is on the Gimblett Gravels side of the Estate where the soil is made up of free draining river gravels interspersed with a little sand and silt.

Te Awa
Vineyard Yield:
Extremely low at 4 tonnes/Ha
Vintage Detail:
2013 was a fantastic growing season in Hawke’s Bay with a warm and dry summer producing grapes that were full flavoured yet not over-ripe and were picked in perfect condition..

The Numbers

20 months
March 2015