Must-Have Wines of the Lunar Year 2010 – New Zealand Red Wine of the Year
Vidal Estate Syrah 2007 – Hawkes Bay, New Zealand www.vidal.co.nz
Also Shortlisted for Most Consistent Best Value Wine of the Year
My first encounter with Vidal Syrah was the 2004 vintage, served at a wine fair last year in Singapore. The importer had it in a decanter, which no one seemed interested in. I tried it without asking what it was and was immediately blown away by the wonderfully feral bouquet that was nothing short of good Cote Rotie, the palate equally impressive and wonderfully complex with all the alluring secondary nuances one would expect of a top Northern Rhone.