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Three syrahs

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REDMETAL VINE­YARDS SYRAH 2015 $22

As far as red wine gu­rus go in this coun­try, Grant Ed­monds has to be one of the most revered. He leads a dou­ble life as the chief wine­maker for Sileni Es­tates while also nur­tur­ing his own fruit into the bot­tle. This is a pure, per­fumed, pep­pery ex­am­ple grown in the fa­mous, iron-rich grav­els of Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa district, and it’s re­ally start­ing to hit its straps. Vel­vety-smooth on the fin­ish, it’s darn de­li­cious. Sip with: crumbly aged ched­dar and onion jam. red­met­alvine­yards.co.nz

BARON DE BADASSIERE SYRAH PAYS D’OC 2014 $26

Badassiere by name and badass by na­ture, this spicy, round­house kick of a syrah is pro­duced in the Langue­doc re­gion in the south of France and is named af­ter Baron Charles Em­manuel, the il­le­git­i­mate son of King Louis XV. Plump, plummy char­ac­ters are but­toned up with pep­per, dusty notes and a lick of leather. Sip with: pulled duck with plum sriracha sauce. cen­trecity.co.nz

LANGMEIL VAL­LEY FLOOR BAROSSA SHI­RAZ 2013 $37

On the prop­erty at Langmeil grow some of the world’s old­est shi­raz vines, yet the wine­mak­ing team are al­ways on the scout for great fruit from in­de­pen­dent grow­ers around the Barossa to in­ject di­ver­sity into their wines. This wine is crafted from a smor­gas­bord of stun­ning shi­raz sites and sim­ply erupts with black­cur­rant, boy­sen­berry and Christ­mas pud­ding spices and co­coa. Fresh, lifted and lus­cious. Sip with: clas­sic beef and black bean stir-fry. For stock­ists email dgre­vers@ne­go­ciants.com Yvonne Lorkin

Yvonne Lorkin is co-founder and chief tast­ing of­fi­cer of wine­friend.co.nz and a Wine Writ­ers of NZ mem­ber.

Baron de Badassiere is named af­ter the il­le­git­i­mate son of King Louis XV.

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