A world class Syrah planted and conceived
on Waiheke Island by Chris Canning and Bryan Mogridge
After 30 years debate as to the perfect variety and the perfect climate for the production of an outstanding red wine, Chris Canning and Bryan Mogridge chose Waiheke Island for the planting of a 15,000 vine vineyard devoted to Syrah.
Using mass selections from Hermitage and St Joseph, including from the vineyards of Jean-Louis Chave and Jean-Louis Grippat, as well as certified clones from the Cotes de Rhone on low vigour rootstocks, they have implemented a low cropping regime with a strong bio-dynamic influence.
The proprietors are industry pioneers with extensive experience of New Zealand’s wine growing regions dating back to the 1970s and they chose the location for their boutique winery and vineyard with a view to optimising the varietal characteristics of this classic Syrah wine under cool climate conditions.
Meticulous attention is given to bunch selection and optimal ripening conditions in order to capture the elegance and complexity of this classical grape variety in an artisan wine. Small batch fermentations with extended maceration times are followed by 12 months in predominantly new French oak and a further one to two years cellaring before release.
The Hay Paddock Syrah artisan wine is suitable for cellaring up to 10 years and an earlier drinking style is released under the Harvest Man label (2-5 years). Early accolades have included Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London, Trophy for the best International Shiraz/Syrah at the Cathay Pacific 2010 IWSC in Hong Kong and selection as The New Zealand Wine of the Year in the 2009 ‘Best of The Best’ Wine Guide and Five Star ratings from leading wine writers.