There’s great potential in New Zealand for Syrah with cool-climate character and I’ve had some great examples. I’ve had others that have been treated with too much new oak in the cellar and the results have been less than impressive. But the honest Syrahs that I’ve had have been transcendent and all for a really good price.
The Quarter Acre has a candied fresh red fruit and plum nose that transfers over to a smooth and full mid-palate. There’s some savory here in the form of aromas of black olive and tobacco but this is not a northern Rhone style Syrah. What it is is a pure, fresh, new world Syrah with good acidity and honesty. This is a delicious wine and pulls way more than its $20 weight.
That’s my impression with the Quarter Acre; it’s a wine that has some funk and soul but also it’s just plain delicious to drink.