Que Syrah Syrah! Whatever will be, will be, but you really ought to be drinking more of me.
That’s because Syrah’s a wine style that’s on the rise in Aotearoa and if you’re into Pinot Noir (who isn’t?) this is a style you’ll love. Hawke’s Bay is leading the charge with this variety and, as Michael Cooper puts it, most of the lower priced options are “typically floral, vibrantly fruity and smooth, with the easy drinking nature of most Pinot Noirs.”
Te Mata are one of the Bay’s most iconic producers and their Estate Syrah is one of the more reliable under $20 Syrahs on the market. They also make one of NZ’s most iconic Syrahs, the Bullnose, but if $45-50 is a bit steep and you’re after a more approachable, easy going style, this guy’s a sure bet.
Like a lot of Syrah you’ll find this one goes with most red meats but especially game meats, Mediterranean cuisine and soft cheeses.