2009 John Forrest Collection Syrah


In 1988 I bought a piece of wasteland in Hawke‰۪s Bay, deliberately choosing a site at the stoniest, hottest, western end of Gimblett Road, on lass 1a river gravels, because I was looking for a special place where warm climate reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah would fully ripen. My business partner, Bob Newton and I learned how to grow grape vines in gravel as we went along, pioneering many of the viticultural practices that are now norm in the region. Time has a proven my instinct about Gimblett Gravels right. The Cornerstone Vineyard lies at the heart of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, a trademark created in 2001 by local winegrowers based on defined soil types. This very limited edition Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic expression of these special soils.


Tasting Notes

This year echoes the similar style of the 2006 vintage with great structure, palate weight and complexity. The wine has a masculine powerful bouquet with exotic aromas of roasted raspberry and blackcurrant, violets, white pepper, cedar and Moroccan spice. A dry wine on the palate with a dense core of black plum, dark cherry and spice. Ripe firm tannins and toasty oak complete the many layers to this wine. Rich and powerful the wine has a long finish.


Awards and Accolades

Dish Magazine #5 Top 10 Syrah, 4.5 Stars

Dense, powerful Syrah from a top vintage. Masses of dark berry, black pepper, plum and a hint of floral. Well -structured, muscular wine with terrific cellaring potential. This really is a very smart Gimblett Gravels Syrah.

Bob Campbell MW 5 Stars

Cameron Douglas MS 5 Stars "Lovely richness and intensity driven by black fruits of roasted raspberry and blackcurrant, a sense of black pepper before white and lots of violets and dark velvet roses - there's complexity and a masculine power at the heart of this bouquet; on the palate - dry with a dense core of fruit, medium++ tannins that are exceptionally ripe yet almost overpowering in their attack; medium+ acidity and a long finish. This is a keeper and will/should develop for several years before it is really ready. A delicious wine."

Michael Cooper 5 Stars "The 2009 vintage should blossom for a decade. Deep and still youthful in colour, it is full-bodied, with dense, vibrant blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, French oak adding a nutty, savoury complexity, and fine-grained tannins. A classy, supple, very harmonious and sophisticated red, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition."

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