2019 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 red color. This is very floral and spicy with subtle cloves, white pepper, and gun metal. Full-bodied yet underlying acidity that covers the fruit in the palate and firm, powdery tannins. Extremely long and vivid. Bright finish. Drink or hold.