Precise, lovely, earthy. Such fragrance here! Floral things, red fruits, spice, pepper, light herbal notes. SO much in perfume. So good. Glorious to taste – elegance, seamless flow, pinot-like in texture with floral mouth perfume, fine tense, powdery, dusty tannins, silkiness and extraordinary length. Extraordinary. The best NZ syrah ever, perhaps.
96 points, Mike Bennie (October 2014)
Named in remembrance of Juliet Hensley, owner of the ‘Kahu’ vineyard from where the fruit was sourced. Hand-harvested from a small, single block, undergoing pre-fermentation maceration and un-inoculated ferment to 13.5% alc., the wine spent up to 24 days on skins and was aged 11 months in 20% new French oak. Very full, even, black-hued purple-ruby colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant and very tightly bound initially, with finely concentrated aromas of black berries, black pepper, Asian spices and complexing minerally reduction. With aeration the reduction dissipates, and raspberry liqueur, aromatic herbs, violet florals and exotic perfumes blossom. Medium-full bodied, juicy, fleshy and lively flavours of spicy black berries, black pepper, raspberries and violet florals fill the palate with richness. The reductive minerally notes fade and integrate with the spiciness. The fruit has vitality and vibrancy, with enlivening acidity, and the mouthfeel is elegant with fine, flowery tannins in support. The sweet, succulent and aromatic fruit carries to a very long and sustained, fine-featured finish. This is a rich, juicy, succulent black-fruited spicy Syrah with complex minerally notes, exotic aromatics and refined tannin structure. Match with game meat and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 8-10 years.
19 points, Raymond Chan (May 2015)