Bob Cambell: Te Mata 2021 Syrah, Hawke’s Bay

Saturday Morning with Jack Tame

Feb 24 2023 • 6 mins

Why I chose it:

- Support Hawke’s Bay wine in a difficult period

- 2021 is a top vintage

- Te Mata is one of the region’s top and most respected wine producers

- It tastes great now but should be even better in a few years.

- Syrah is one of NZ’s best kept wine secrets

What does it taste like?

- An interesting mix of floral (violet), fruit (dark-fleshed plum, dark cherry) and savoury (dried herbs, dark chocolate and vanilla). Concentrated and complex wine with moderate cellaring prospects.

Why it’s a bargain:

- Syrah is NZ’s most expensive varietal wine

Where can you buy it?

- Fine Wine Delivery Co, Auckland $29.99. Just released. New World (Clubcard only) $25.99

Food match?

- Barbecued lamb chops

Will it keep?

- Yes, for 6-7 years, maybe longer (with careful storage)

Wine Tip – Aerate big reds

- Use big glasses or slosh wine into a decanter or jug 30 mins before serving

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