'Totto' Syrah
Waiheke Island

'Totto' Syrah


Tasting Notes

2013 was a near-perfect vintage on Waiheke Island. Our Totto Syrah shows mocha, cedar and black olive notes accent dark, plummy fruit in the full-bodied wine that boasts creamy, supple mid-palate and a long but still-chewy finish.

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."