Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 289,745 strong:

Register Today!

Community Review

Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Syrah 2015

Ngatarawa  Stables Reserve Syrah 2015
Ngatarawa  Stables Reserve Syrah 2015

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Community Score: 4.6/5
Community Reviews: 1
Price: $22.95
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Alcohol: 14%

Drink: 2017-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml
Winery: Ngatarawa

Greg Hughes rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

If you like New Zealand Pinot Noir, you may like examples of Syrah from New Zealand for the same reasons. They have beautiful aromatics and depending on the style of production, they can have a wonderfully balanced array of spice to fruit.
This wine has a beautiful colour. Deep ruby with some slight bricking to the centre - watery rim.
Smelling it, you get whiffs of pot pourri, cocoa powder (trademark NZ), dark cherry, thyme, kirsch, and some slight funky earthiness.
The palate is suace and smooth. Lots of cherry and chocolate. Moderate oak - most likely oaked after being tank fermented. Slight gaminess, but still very much dominated by red and black fruit.
Tastefully made and a great value. It carries 14%alcohol effortlessly. Pair it with game sausages on the barbecue.


Read Natalie's Full Review




Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Travaglini Red Wine
Gattinara 2016,
Gattinara, Piedmont D.O.C.G. ...

Natalie MacLean

Canada's Most Quoted Wine Writer

Natalie MacLean is editor of Canada's largest wine review web site, publishing hundreds of wine reviews every week for more than 289,745 members.

She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, the second was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year. Get access to all of her reviews today by becoming a member of her site.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a fiesty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  
Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award