It’s hard to beat Syrah from the greatest sites in the Rhône, but I’ve tasted a few from New Zealand recently that have been really impressive. I’m on my way over there tomorrow for a couple of weeks for a closer look – my first visit, so I’m hugely excited. I’ll be tweeting as usual from @mattwallswine
In the meantime, here’s a recent article I wrote for Decanter magazine – a regional profile on Hermitage.
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Matt Walls first got into wine working in an off-licence in Brighton. He has since worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, one of London's best wine shops. He now spends half his time writing about wine and the other half collaborating on various wine-related projects. His first book, Drink Me!, was recently published by Quadrille and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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Buy this nowPegasus Bay ‘Bel Canto’ Riesling 2014, North Canterbury, New Zealand
I love this estate's Rieslings, they're some of the best in New Zealand. This is made from some of the oldest vines in the region and made with a good proportion of Noble Rot. It's a riot of kumquats, eastern spices, honey and peach, between dry and off-dry. With driving intensity, steely acidity and a long finish this is a well balanced, full throttle, thrilling wine. Their late picked 'Aria' Riesling is medium sweet and just as delicious. Both are fairly priced around £21.50 at The New Zealand Cellar (click through).
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