Deborah Podurgiel scored this wine: 91/100
I love trying new wines, particularly from other wine regions just to see what they’re up to. In Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, winemakers are doing amazing things with Syrah. This one is a fresh and bright, medium-plus-bodied beauty with ripe, fresh red cherry, cracked pepper, raspberry, black currant, fresh blackberry, red plum, mocha, with a gamut of baking spices - anise, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Totally fresh and zesty all the way through with beautifully-balanced acidity and easy tannins. Poured with a venison meat fondue. Tasted February 2021.
The picture of the Flying Boatship is part of a bunch of diagrams that have been etched into the tabletops in Left Field Taverns along with other creative engravings and scratchings of limericks, plans and contraptions. The Flying Boatship “Mrs. Lufty” was said to be skippered by weather watchers and grape spotters with seriously off-key ballads to fend of pests and vermin in the vineyards.