Maison Noire Reserve Syrah 2022
1 or more bottles$34.99
Michael Cooper4 points
Raymond Chan Wi18.5 points
An inspired and boutique wine made by French winemaker, Guillaume Thomas. Hand picked from the Bridge Pa Triangle region of Hawkes Bay. An elegant and luscious Syrah, with smokey, earthen tones carefully blended with hints of pepper. Medium bodied with fragrant redcurrant, pomegranate, Black Doris plum and juicy spices. Extremely limited stocks available.
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- Black Fruits
- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"The youthful, vigorous 2022 vintage (4*) is a single-vineyard red, hand-picked and matured for a year in French oak barrels (partly new). Deep, bright ruby, it is mouthfilling, with strong, vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, a hint of tamarillo, good complexity, fresh acidity and finely balanced tannins. Best drinking mid-2025+."
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews18.5
"Deep purple, lighter ruby-red on the rim. The nose is gently full, with blackberry, Doris plum, violet, vanilla and spices aromas. Medium-full bodied, aromas of blackberry, plum intermixed cherry, violet, unfolding vanilla, black pepper, clove and hints of meatiness. The tannins are soft and delicate, and adorn a velvety mouthfeel. Lively, juicy acidity lends a sustained finish. This Syrah shows beautiful fruit and vibrancy on a velvety mouthfeel. Match with wild boar and roasted lamb over the next 5 years. Fruit from Waimarama Road, handpicked, fermented to 13% alc, aged 12 months in French oak, 40% new oak. 130 cases produced. 18.5/20 pts"
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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.
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”.