John Forrest Collection Syrah Vertical ( 3 bottles ) - Forrest Wines

John Forrest Collection Syrah Vertical ( 3 bottles )


Perfectly aged under screwcap, these wines just keep getting better! This is a one and only chance of getting that perfect gift or to add some of the best Syrah you can find in NZ in your cellar. These are not "end of line" wines, the John Forrest Collection Gimblett Gravel Reds are crafted from low yield vines, extremely concentrated fruit from our Cornerstone vineyard. Production of these wines is also limited to our best barriques so we only make less than 1500 bottles of each vintage. 

These are from John's personal cellar. Only 6 x 3 packs available for sale.

2005 JFC Syrah 

  • Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007 – Elite Gold Medal
  • Winestate Magazine Recent Release Tasting, Michael Cooper – 5 stars
  •  Rich, ripe wine with strong dark berry and spice flavours. Very dense red with complex flavours on a muscular frame. A tad tough on the finish at this stage although bottle age should mellow that tannic edge in time. Big wine with a bright future. Bob Campbell - 90 Points
  • Neil Martin, US– 91 Points

2007 JFC Syrah

  • 5 Stars Winestate Recent Releases Nov 2012
  •  Sam Kim Wine Orbit 94 Pts. 5 Stars

"A beautifully maturing syrah, the bouquet shows lifted aromas of dark plum, cedar, floral and mixed spice. It's succulent and generously flavoured with superb mid palate weight and velvety texture, leading to an impressive long silky finish. Tannins are beautifully melded, supporting the wine perfectly. At its best: now to 2016". July 2012.

  •  Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews 2011 – 18/20
“Good ruby and velvet, still some carmine.  Bouquet is fairly rich, a bit heavy on more oak than is ideal, but much less oaky than some earlier Forrest offerings.  Fruit ripeness is at the appropriate stage to still retain wallflower and dianthus florals, though they are somewhat hidden in the oak, with some black pepper.  Palate is good syrah, oakier than ideal for temperate climate finesse, but not so much as to bludgeon the cassis and bottled black doris plummy fruit."
  • Bob Campbell 95 Points 
"Lovely scented wine with a mix of berry, strong Oriental spices and a hint of floral. Bottle age has knocked the edges off the wine to give a smooth texture, good integration and the beginning of some toasty bottle age. Drinking beautifully now but with plenty of potential", 4/7/2012.
  • 4.5 Stars -  Cuisine Magazine
    • Michael Coopers Wine Guide NZ 2012 - 4.5 Stars
    John Forrest views Syrah as Hawke’s Bay’s ‘premier varietal’. Grown in the Cornerstone Vineyard, in the Gimblett Gravels, the 2007 vintage is still very youthful. Boldly coloured, it is sturdy (14.5 per cent alcohol), with loads of fresh, spicy flavour, highly concentrated and firm. Best drinking 2013+.
    • Rebecca Taylor –

    "Following the Northern Rhone style of ripe, floral and fragrant Syrah that also demonstrates power, this shows none of the excessive black pepper often seen in Hawkes Bay Syrah. Heady notes of violets and blueberries sit above the warm spice and velvetty fruit. In the mouth it's fruity, chocolatey and spicy with good tannic grip and natural acidity that indicate a long life."

    •  Cameron Douglas MS - 95 Points

    "Nose and Palate: Vibrant, varietal and peppery; Red and black fruits, sweet meats and fleshy fruits, damson plums, crushed violets, complex. On the palate - very youthful still - high acid, high tannins - ripe; vibrant raspberry, damsons and keri-berry flavors; Needs another two years before it makes any wine list debut; gravel undertones and complex with excellent texture and potential."