Church Road Tom Syrah 2019
Syrah was the star variety of the 2019 vintage, and this year’s TOM is a dense yet fragrant wine with a core of plum, cherry, and rich berry fruits leading into an underlying dark, brooding inky depth. Aromatic top notes add a counterpoint to this, delivering classic Hawke’s Bay Syrah perfume suggestive of violets and warm spice, with a hint of thyme. Subtle oak brings complexity and texture, imparting notes of vanilla, roasted cacao, and a hint of smoky charcuterie. On the palate the wine is full and supple with an exceptionally fine-textured, silky tannin structure and gentle, balanced acidity bringing length and freshness. While approachable now, good Hawke’s Bay Syrah will age gracefully for 20 years or more.
97 points, Bob Campbell, The Real Review
97 points, Cameron Douglas, camdouglasms.com
5 Stars, Michael Cooper, Michael Coopers Buyers Guide