2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah

2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah

91 Points Richard Caro
2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah
91 Points Richard Caro

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A super-fine Hawkes Bay Syrah from pedigree producer Ant Mackenzie (ex-consultant at Dry River). A cracking vintage has delivered Ant another ripe yet elegant wine, with fine red and black fruit enlivened by fine acidity, spicy tannins and delicate pepper notes. This will pour nicely now or broaden slightly in cellar. At this price who cares anyway- get into it.

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Its Origins

With an impressive line of credits to his name, Ant MacKenzie is consultant winemaker at a number of first class wineries including one of New Zealand's very most premium and cellar-focused producers, Dry River. Yet he and his wife Fiona still find time on the side to run three labels of their own: Craft Farm wines reflect their own home block in Havelock North; the Tono label explores their love of Spanish varieties such as Albarino and Tempranillo, which are done with genuine love and knowledge; while Theory and Practice is conceived as a platform for Ant to push the boundaries of traditional vinification. This latter point is somewhat hard to grasp however, as the current Theory and Practice releases seem far from experimental but are, on the contrary, among the most concentrated and stylishly classical expressions to have been seen from Hawkes Bay for the price.

What The Critics Say

18.5+/20 Raymond Chan (2014 vintage)

"Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is tightly bound and elegant in proportion with a core of black-berried and blue fruits along with black mineral and floral lift, unfolding lusciousness and richness in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses full and rich, concentrated flavours of ripe black and blue berried fruits, along with black plums. The fruit sweetness and richness forms a deep and powerfully dense core that has fine-grained tannin extraction and vibrant and lively acidity to balance the fruit. The mouthfeel has presence, energy and drive, with positive grip, and the structure carries the wine to a concentrated finish of black fruits, spices, minerals and earthy elements. This is a powerfully packed Syrah with richness match by plenty of structure and grip, and acid energy. Match with game meat and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Chave and MS clone fruit from the ‘Lyons and Stewart’ vineyards, adjacent in the Bridge Pa Triangle, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged one year in barrel, with 19.5% new 300 L hogsheads, the remainder barriques, hogsheads and puncheons."

90/100 Bob Campbell MW (2014 vintage)

"Ripe, peppery syrah with plum, berry, violet and a mix of black and white pepper flavours supported by spicy oak. A supple wine in an elegant rather than blockbuster style. Good now but would benefit from a year or two in bottle."

4 Stars Michael Cooper (2014 vintage)

"Delicious now but still youthful, the 2014 vintage (4*) was grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 20 months in French oak barrels (19 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling, fresh and supple, with plenty of vibrant, plummy, spicy flavour, gentle tannins and a Pinot Noir-like texture and charm."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with DUCK
with GAME



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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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