'Totto' Syrah
Waiheke Island

'Totto' Syrah


Tasting Notes

2012 was our first vintage of Kulta Totto Syrah. Made in the style of the great wines of the Northern Rhone, this wine pays tribute to the style. Finesse and complexity of character that typifies the old world style of winemaking. From the beginning, it is attention grabbing with scents of lively red fruits, spice box, earth, violets and garrigue with touches of wet earth and bacon fat. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with more of the red fruits and hints of olive tapenade with earthy tannins tending to the meat derived characters. Finishing dense yet lively and fresh this Kulta Syrah is destined to be a modern classic.

18/20 – Jancis Robinson.

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The fruit for the 2018 Totto Syrah comes from our most breathtakingly beautiful yet most steep and fearsome vineyards; Asylum, Madman’s and Niko Face. These vineyards are close planted, dry farmed, often 40o or more in slope and produce extremely low yields of stunning fruit quality. Hand harvested and careful graded in the winery the fruit from both Madmans and Niko Face are destemmed to vat with 15% whole bunch retained whereas Asylum is 100% whole bunch with a small amount of gentle foot stomping to release some juice for the onset of fermentation. Gently handled with plunging or pump overs twice a day, the wild fermented parcels are pressed off after 30 days before settling in tank and then being racked to barrel and left to mature for 20 months before their first racking to blend.

Reviews and Accolades

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier - 94 Points, "Dense, ripe, richly scented bouquet and plenty of varietal impact."

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine - 94 Points, "Fresh, crisp and crunchy syrah with plum, berry, spice and oak flavours."