Everything was in balance. Why the average score. The wine was quite funky and singular in flavors. Can anybody say oak? Shoot this wine brought the entire forest into the glass. Not only was this not my style it was a weird wine. I will not explore another Helix Syrah, sad to say I did purchase a red blend of the same name which I will review once it is consumed.
This was great with my ribeye. I liked the plum characteristic with a good tannin backbone. The acids may have been a slight bit heightened but that is why it fared well with my beef. I will visit again in the near future of course only if I am enjoying a steak. Not great, not bad.
Upon first opening and tasting I thought this was a wood wine and couldn't get past the woody flavor. Contrary to many drinkers, I don't mind that woody characteristic, however, this one was overbearing. After about fifteen minutes this started to transform into a cigar box hinting a dark fruit flavor, nice. As this wine evolved it finally came to what I feel was quite single dimension, lacking sophistication I have come to long for in a wine. Would I pop another $25 for this okay wine? Not when I can find wines that are similar in quality for $10 less. I'm out.