Coopers Creek SV Chalk Ridge Syrah

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Quick Overview

Yet to evolve beyond raw primary characters, this powerful young Hawke’s Bay syrah needs time to mellow and integrate. With just a dash of viognier co-fermented, this wine offers plentiful dark fruit and high-toned oak combined in a concentrated drop of deep, velvety mouthfeel. It’s all backed up by big, ripe tannins. Give it a few years in the cellar to develop then serve it alongside a roast rib of beef.



This wine is based on our Chalk Ridge block, just to the south of Havelock North. It is a steep, north facing amphitheatre that is strewn with fossilised limestone. A dash of Viognier from the same block (0.89%) was co-fermented with the Syrah to add fragrance and to help fix the colour. A small amount of Gimblett Gravels Syrah was also included to add more complexity.


Alc 14%
Acid 6.5 g/L
Res sugar 3.0 g/L
pH 3.53

Tasting Notes

Colour: A beautiful deep purple/red, with a dense, dark core and bright, flashing purple rim.
Bouquet: The essence of Hawkes Bay Syrah: masses of black fruits, a touch of pepper, some meatiness and lovely, savoury oak.
Palate: A beautifully structured wine. Medium to full bodied with silken tannins and great length. The fruit in the mid palate lasts and lasts.

Already approachable, but we expect this wine to cellar for a number of years.

Food Matches
The soft tannins, ripe fruit flavours, black pepper and spice make this wine a great accompaniment to many meat dishes such as lamb, venison, beef and game. The bolder and more complex style means that it will stand up to richer flavours and accompaniments.

Suggested wine list description
A rich and full-bodied wine full of dark fruit flavours with lashings of black pepper and a long savoury finish.


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