Maison Noire Home Block Syrah 2021

  • An inspired & boutique wine made by French winemaker, Guillaume Thomas
  • Hand picked from the Bridge Pa Triangle region of Hawkes Bay.
  • The nose is full, powerful and elegant, with penetrating aromas of black plum, ripe blackberry, violet, bacon and spice.- 19/20 Candice Chow
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  • Michael Cooper
    5 points
  • Raymond Chan Wi
    19 points

Editors notes

This deep ruby coloured and very complex Syrah, made from the outstanding 2021 vintage - low yield, dry / hot summer and fall - spent 24 months in French oak, including 70% new. First the intermingling smells of black cherries and Black Doris plums dance with the sizzling charcoal, spices and caramelized tones. On the palate, tannins are broad and crisp, carrying a burst of blackberries and currants, softened by violets notes. The finish is long and silky, coated with toasted brioche, roasted nuts and brandy fragrance. A beautiful pairing with the finest cuisine dishes.

Optimum drinking time is 2023 to 2031, great ageing potential.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Plum
    • Spice
    • Violet
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Cherry
    • Plum

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Michael Cooper

    "The very powerful, ageworthy 2021 vintage (5*) of this estate-grown, single-vineyard red was hand-harvested at Waimarama and matured for two years in French oak barrels (70 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is weighty and fleshy, with a strong surge of plummy, spicy flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, a hint of liquorice, and ripe, supple tannins. Built for the long haul, it's well worth cellaring to 2026+."
  • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

    "Full, deep ruby-black, lighter ruby-red on the rim. The nose is full, powerful and elegant, with penetrating aromas of black plum, ripe blackberry, violet, bacon and spice. Full-bodied, aromas of black plum intertwined with blackberry, black raspberry and violet, unfolding clove, star anise and bacon. The fruit is concentrated with a depth of flavours; fine-grained tannin elegantly frames the wine, enlivening acidity providing vitality and driving a long, poised finish. This Syrah shows beautiful black fruit and spice with a fine-grained tannin framework and vibrant acid thread. Match with venison and lamb over the next 8+ years. Fruit from Waimarama Road, handpicked, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged 24 months in French oak, 70% new oak. 80 cases produced. 19/20 pts"

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New Zealand

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.

Bridge Pa Triangle

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About the brand Maison Noire

The brand Maison Noire was established in 2014, with a focus of producing wines where New world meets Old world. "Our Philosophy is to create fine hand crafted wines from vineyards that capture the essence of each variety. To make wine allowing the grapes to express their true character, revealing unique flavours and textures, using traditional winemaking techniques and minimal fining. " From the Loire Valley in France, to a boutique vineyard in Waimarama, Hawke's Bay, Maison Noire is “A French taste of New Zealand”.

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