MOUNT RILEY SYRAH 2016

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New Zealand — Marlborough • $18.95 • WD Score 90/100

I’m always interested in trying New Zealand Syrah when I find it, and my limited experience suggests that this wine is a spot-on example of the style that they are developing. Be clear: it is properly described as Syrah rather than Shiraz. The nose suggests fresh but ripe blueberries and blackberries, with a floral-violet lift and a dusting of dried herbs and black pepper. I love the bright, juicy acidity, the underlying fine tannins that gently persist, and the balanced alcohol — a framework complemented by restrained oak that gives a light, resinous undertone and adds a breadth to the expressive fruit. Beneath that lovely fruit you may find a subtle, earthy and slightly meaty essence, and on the finish the firm acidity and subtle tannins linger with the fruit. What a great value this is! • Tasted 2018-02-03 • LCBO id#535856 • Find it at your nearest LCBO • KIRKWOOD DIAMOND CANADA PARTNERSHIP (Agent)

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