2017 Kusuda Syrah
Hiro Kusuda was born in Tokyo where he worked as a lawyer before a stint in Australia. Along the way his love affair with wine and winemaking grew, and eventually he set off to complete his studies at Geisenheim in Germany before moving to Martinborough in New Zealand to make hand crafted Pinot Noir. Kusuda is known for attention to detail, to the point that each berry is picked individually at harvest by his Japanese friends that fly out each year to assist. Naturally this precision comes at a cost, in particular the miniscule volumes produced, and as such stocks are extremely limited.
Delicate, edgy, supple syrah with violet, red rose petal, fresh herb, white pepper and subtle spicy flavours. The wine has great purity, power and an ethereal texture. Needs bottle-age to reveal its full potential.
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review