Lunatics Syrah
Waiheke Island

Lunatics Syrah


Tasting Notes

A unique expression of Syrah and site; Lunatics exhibits intense floral aromas of cherry, warm slate and dusty herbs with Provencal herbs. The palate is elegant with ripe fruit, silky tannins and a lingering finish.

Vineyard & Winemaking

Vintage 2016 began with a settled and dry Spring resulting in great flowering and a corresponding excellent fruit set. The settled weather continued up to the New Year when wet weather patterns became prevalent which continued into the harvest months. Careful attention to detail in the vineyard paid off with an astonishing quality of fruit across all varieties in what was undoubtedly a most challenging year.

Our Lunatic Syrah comes from a single steep hillside vineyard perched above the idyllic Garden Cove. Carefully hand harvested before delivery to the winery, the fruit is then put across a sorting table before being de-stemmed and delivered to an open vat for fermentation.The Lunatic Syrah is allowed to ferment with wild yeasts with pump overs being carried out twice daily. Following an extended time on skins of 35 days in vat the wine was gently pressed and taken to a selection of first fill and older oak barrels for natural malolactic fermentation in the spring.

After 15 months in barrel the Lunatic Syrah was carefully racked and bottled.

Duncan's Notes

Lunatics Syrah is produced from a small single vineyard perched on the coastal clay hillsides of Eastern Waiheke Island. Elevated with a northern exposure and cooling sea breeze for elegant fruit expression your privateering winemakers have ‘claimed’ the vineyard in the tradition of maritime prize law and hoisted their colours over it.