Radburnd Cellars Syrah

Highly respected winemaker Kate Radburnd, produces small parcels of her very best wine in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. “They’re not big blockbuster wines. They’re proudly cool climate wines, aged in French oak, with a lovely line of pure fruit, subtlety and elegance. The pristine fruit paired with refreshing acidity means there’s a restraint about them allowing them to age beautifully.”
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
New Zealand
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2025
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
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Radburnd Cellars

“Radburnd Cellars is a dream come true for me – and I don’t say that lightly. It’s incredibly invigorating to create a winery with a clean slate so we’re able to completely focus on making small parcels of the absolute best wines we can - and that’s something that I have wanted to do for a very long time." Kate Radburnd is one of New Zealand’s most highly respected winemakers. For over 35 years she’s been doing what she loves most – making great wine and sharing the knowledge, firstly at Vidal and the at Pask, which she joined as head winemaker, and then became part owner aswell as running the company. Awards have been numerous, with her 1998 Pask Reserve Merlot awarded the Bordeaux Trophy at the International Wine Challenge in 2000. A long term champion of sustainability, Pask was awarded the Trophy for sustainability at the International Wine Challenge in 2014. Kate has now set up her own winery, Radburnd Cellars, where she is now doing it for herself. Established in 2017 with the single purpose of making her very best wine from each vintage without compromise, using the best fruit, equipment and resources. 2018 is her first vintage release. The wines are handmade and produced in very small quantities. The very best of New Zealand. “There’s nothing like the first day of harvest. I just love seeing the fruit on the vine and I know for the next 6-8 weeks this is what we’re focusing on, and I just can’t wait to get into it.”

Tasting Notes

Aged for 18 months in new and seasoned French oak, this is a fragrant and elegant Syrah exhibiting a beautiful purity of fruit, with a silky texture and layers of complex dark fruits. The high fruit concentration is wrapped around a backbone of finely tuned tannins.

Food Matches

Try with duck breast with lavender beetroot and sweet potato!

Press Comments

Gently aromatic syrah with roasted chestnut, floral, violet, sweet herbs, raspberry, plum and spicy oak flavours. A supple, elegant wine with appealing sweet fruit and a silken texture. Should develop well with bottle age. 2020–2030 Bob Campbell MW 95/100 ★★★★★ “MS Syrah clone fruit from free-draining sites in Bridge Pa and Dartmoor Valley, hand-picked and hand-sorted. Destemmed and then whole berries went to open fermenters 'with some foot stomping'. Aged 18 months in a mix of new and used French barriques. TA 6.2 g/l. Some black pepper evident on the nose and really aromatic interest with gentle texture. Very far from a 20th-century paradigm of exaggeration. Savoury and recognisably Syrah. Impressive persistence and not a trace of oak or obvious alcohol. When to drink 2020 – 2026” JancisRobinson.com – 16.5 points, Sep 2020