LUNA ESTATE BLUE ROCK SYRAH 2016

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LUNA ESTATE BLUE ROCK SYRAH 2016

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Shiraz made with Pinot sensibilities.  An under-rated grape from New Zealand which does amazing things in the right sites and hands.  As with both Pinots, this sees 30% new oak, for 12 months.

Comparisons to Northern Rhône are inevitable - no bad thing.  Built over tightly knitted tannins, this is a savoury wine of grace and power, launching with earth, pepper, charcuterie/smoked meats, topped by blackberry and black fruits and florals.  Amazing length runs through the finish, this is a concentrated style with its fine tannins and a rocky mineral element rounding out this detailed wine.  Simply, a gorgeous cool climate Syrah.

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Luna Estate

Over the moon - a rising star of New Zealand wine

A relatively new label, the foundations of Luna Estate are two excellent vineyard sites  – Eclipse, on the famed Martinborough Terraces, and Blue Rock, on Dry River Road, south of the Martinborough village.  Martinborough is a region which excites us as New Zealand’s best for complex and varietal Pinot Noir, also raising excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.  Luna’s ethos is sustainable vineyard practices, and as minimal handling in the winery as possible, under the guidance of chief winemaker Joel Watson, whose previous work has included several vintages with the highly esteemed Curly Flat in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.  

Presently with 25 hectares producing, a significant replanting program to bring 80% of production to Pinot Noir will eventually see the estate sitting around 44 hectares between the two sites.  The single vineyard wines show the sites' contrasts, with the entry point Estate wines rock solid examples.