Cabernet may have put Waiheke Island on the map, but Syrah has propelled it into the stratosphere – and this is only the beginning. Grown and produced on Waiheke Island, the fruit for our Cedalion 2015 Single Vineyard Syrah was harvested from a one hectare, southwest facing plot known as Block 31 at the eastern end of the Island. Steeply terraced and planted with two different clones (Chave and Hermitage), the 15 year-old vineyard has highly mineralised clay soils that promote good acidity and tannin structure. The vineyard soil and cool aspect ensures that the resulting wines will keep their freshness and varietal qualities for years to come.
At bottling the 2015 Block 31 seemed to be more influenced by the Hermitage clone than the Chave clone. It is a purer, more refined and less brooding Syrah than the 2014. Raspberry and fresh blueberry notes mingle with violet, cedar and an abundance of black pepper. The wine has fine-grained tannins and as such has a texture that is even more elegant than the understated 2014. Slightly higher acidity gives more lift to the palate and promises reward for those who have the patience to cellar.
NZ $354 per case of six. (Minimum order of one case.)