Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

92 points – “A smidge of Viognier was co-fermented with the Syrah and the wine was aged for 18 months in French and American oak, 60% of which was new. The smoky nose shows an eclectic range of leather, charcuterie then opens up to thick and rich dark fruits, black peppercorns, vanilla and savoury spices. This is serious Syrah on the palate; dark, dense and concentrated with a silky feel. There is an array of fruit flavours — cassis, currants and plums — followed by tobacco, leather, grilled meats and pepper all carried on a bed of fine tannins. Will age gracefully for 6+ years. Fans of Rhone-style Syrah will not be disappointed here.”