Olly’s Easter Reds—

Easter Sunday arrives next week, time to splash out on a treat! New Zealand is already famous for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir but their Syrah – a.k.a. Shiraz – is a game changer. Scented and spicy, expect fresh firm reds full of flavour yet light on booze. Forget hot heavy reds that make your nose glow like a winking redcurrant, Syrah from New Zealand is classy and retrained for sipping in style. And thanks to their peppery frisson these wines make nimble pairings with charry lamb for your Easter feast. Right now, Hawkes Bay is Syrah central in New Zealand, but throughout the islands, Syrah is the hidden star that’s set to rise.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Te Mata Estate Syrah 2018 (12.5%) £14.99 Majestic. Sleek and elegant as a ballgown made from silken cherry skins.

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 (13%) £21.99 Waitrose. Structured and savoury, decant before drinking to reveal its complete character.

Paritua Syrah, Hawkes Bay 2018 (13%) £31 pre-order via amathusdrinks.com. Charry, brooding and dark, think blackberries bunking with black olives.

Fromm, Fromm Vineyard Syrah 2016 (13.5%) £42.50 htfwines.co.uk. Serious red that’s rich, burly and burnished for a top quality treat this Easter.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 (13%) £19.99 nzhouseofwine.co.uk. Bright and memorable as a blueberry firework lit from a lavender match. All you’ll ever need with lamb.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 28th March 2021

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