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2013 Paritua Vineyards Syrah Hawke's Bay
1/18/2017 - NZ wino Likes this wine:
97 points
I rate this as outstanding, one of the nicest NZ Syrah's I have had - although it is young the tannins are already very smooth, a complex but fresh wine and i am looking forward to the rest of the case over the coming years. 2013 was an outstanding year by all accounts for the Gimblett Gravels region, so its worth buying a few extra to put away. Very good buying at NZD$40/bottle.
  • NZ wino commented:

    1/21/17, 6:35 PM - Hello Macaujames - although I rate it highly I wouldn't go as far as to say its one of NZ's greatest - thats a big call and everyones taste buds are different - however Paritua produces top quality NZ red's - Platinum being the premium range followed by Paritua and then Stone Paddocks which I have also found to be fantastic for the price - I will be buying more of the Paritua 2013 Syrah and Merlot for longer term cellaring given 2013 (and 2014) was such an outstanding year - check out

  • NZ wino commented:

    11/23/17, 5:31 PM - True Neil - and hence the reason I seem to gravitate to Paritua Syrah, Te Mata Bullnose Syrah, Alpha Domus Barnstormer Syrah, and Redmetal Basket Press Syrah - all from the Bridge Pa Triangle, adjacent to Gimblett Gravels.

2010 Château Serilhan St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2016 - NZ wino Likes this wine:
89 points
Just becoming acquainted with French Reds - pretty good to me - very Bordeaux - still very fresh - tannins just starting to soften - plums - a long finish - enjoyable. Would buy again.
  • NZ wino commented:

    3/22/17, 1:50 AM - Re : Aeration - I tend to allow "breathing" in the bottle for what I consider better quality wines, and for exceptional wines I pour through an aerator and let stand in a decanter. I did neither for this wine ! just let stand for a bit after decorking. Perhaps I should be more diligent.

  • NZ wino commented:

    3/22/17, 1:53 AM - Re Paritua Syrah - yes my experience also - not cost effective shipping wine large distances - probably tastes better on home turf anyway supporting your thinking of an NZ visit one day.

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