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Cambridge Road Syrah 2015

Cambridge Road Syrah2015

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Smoky, savoury and sexy are three defining characters of this Syrah. Blackberries, dried herbs and earthy forest floor flavours dominate the palate. Elegant tannins and structure. This wine boasts depth, weight and balance.

Why we love it: 

Seductive, silky and elegant texture

Drink with: 

Slow roasted spiced pork

Tech

Sub-Region
Wairarapa
Blend Info.
100% Syrah
Alcohol by Vol.
12.2%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°
Closure
Cork

Producer

Cambridge Road

‘Cambridge Road’ is a small, boutique and incredibly dynamic family farmed estate that was established in 1986 in the Martinborough region of New Zealand. Lance Redgewell purchased the site in 2006 and it became the home for himself, wife Bridie and son Aston two years later. Lance has a large respect for Martinborough’s land and it’s wealth of history. Martinborough is, afterall, the site where the famous Abel clone was laid - which may be better known by many as the ‘Gumboot’ clone.  

At ‘Cambridge Road’ they like to focus their time and energy into perfecting and investing in the land they farm from. When Lance purchased the site they converted the farm to biodynamics and developed eco-farming principles. They are committed to minimal intervention winemaking techniques, generating lower yields with a focus on producing the healthiest (for the planet) wines possible. The winery was commissioned onsite for the 2010 vintage and allows for the truest expression of the Martinborough fruit to shine through.  

‘Cambridge Road’ is most well known for their Pinot Noir and Syrah, those being the grapes planted first in 1986. They have produced many different wines from these two varietals that show the different expressions of what can be made in magical old Martinborough. Lance also never wanted to produce cookie cutter wines which is why today ‘Cambridge Road’ has expanded their portfolio exponentially and created some incredible wines such as their ‘Pet Nat’ - a beautiful wine made in the French Pétilllant Naturel style from Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Old Sauvignon Blanc vines and Pinot Gris. 

To explore more of Cambridge Road’s unique wines you can head over to their website here.

Region

Martinborough / Wairarapa

Although a small region, there’s no doubt about the fact Martinborough packs a punch. Producing some of New Zealand's most acclaimed wines and garnering a large following. The regions first vines were planted back in 1883, but it wasn’t until 1970 that heads started to turn and Martinborough was competing on the world stage. The region features a diverse selection of wines, but the silt loam and gravelly sub-soils of the Martinborough Terrace ensure pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes flourish.

The areas three sub-regions; Martinborough, Masterton and Gladstone and have similar grape varieties planted, but the differing terroir of each brings out unique flavours. The Wairarapa makes up 3% of New Zealand’s total production. This number is contributed to by the fact vineyard yields in the area below the national average, this alone is a large contributor to the regions success.

While Martinborough is a small colonial village with many of the producers in the area being family owned and run. Only a short drive north of New Zealand's’ capital city Wellington, the area is well situated as has earned the reputation as the wine hub of the Wairarapa. Gladstone is a little south of Masterton, Wairarapa's largest town and is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country, luckily for us, it has plenty of room to grow!

Wairarapa is one of the coolest and driest areas in the north island, with climate and soil conditions similar to that of Burgundy, it’s no surprise that the wines produced in the area are some of New Zealand's finest.