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Kusuda Syrah Martinborough 2017

11.7% abv

Vol- 75cl

‘The 2017 Kusuda Syrah has quite the most astonishing nose. It literally stops you in your tracks with its assault on the senses. It is so, so fragrant that it is almost hard to detect the fruit at first; it is pure musk and cedarwood with such an open quality of pot pourri and lavender. Incredible.
The wine is very light-bodied for a Syrah but that floral scent explodes in a puff of violets and rose petals on the palate. it is so elegant and so drinkable but is still very much hiding its future charms. Behind the perfume, there is a core of ripe black cherries and the tannins are wonderfully fine: definitely present and noticeable but fading softly like the autumn sun. They are gone well before the perception of flavours on the long, drawn out finish.
This is a delicate, impossibly scented and enticingly elegant wine – one that is absolutely unique with its astonishing perfume and gentle black cherry-moving-to-earthy undergrowth core. And at only 11.5% alcohol, it is also a peerless example of the artistry and skill of Hiroyaki Kusuda. An exceptional wine. Drink 2022-2028.’ – Catriona Felstead MW, April 2021

“A fragrant, highly spiced Syrah offering sweet blue and red cherry fruit alongside violets, cinnamon, pepper and Asian spices. There’s depth, density and detail in an elegant package. Expect lovely finesse and precision on the long, scented finish. Only 2,282 bottles were made, so get in there quick, if you haven’t already.” 2021 -2027
93 Points, Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, Mar 2021

100% destemmed without crushing, cold soaked for 4 to 6 days. Fermented in open stainless-steel vats with pumping-over and hand plunging, total period of maceration for 27 to 29 days. Aged in French (25% new) oak barriques for 24 months. Unfined and bottled after coarse filtration.

The weather changed in early summer to cooler days and then wetter in March. Two ex-tropical cyclones in the first half of April was quite nerve-wracking but the fine, warm weather in the second half salvaged the vintage. The longest pre-harvest sorting (cut out diseased berries one by one from the bunches still hanging on the vines) ever carried out, for about 10 days. 2282 bottles produced.

£85.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 3 remaining

Before embarking on his winemaking career, Tokyo-born Hiroyuki (known as Hiro) Kusuda trained as a lawyer, worked for Fujitsu and worked at the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney. Hiro sought a winemaking education in English, but was dissuaded by the fees that foreign students were charged at Davis in California and Roseworthy in Austrlia. Instead, he went to Germany, learned the language, enrolled at Geisenheim and then emigrated to New Zealand to work as an assistant to his friend Kai Schubert, who had been a few years ahead of him at Geisenheim. This led him to the tiny town of Martinborough to pursue both the Riesling and Pinot grapes – to which a third challenge, Syrah, has now been added.

Obviously the main market for Kusuda is Japan, where they have developed a cult following, and indeed whence comes the volunteer labour force at harvest time when every grape is rigorously checked before making the cut. Hiro Kusuda is meticulous to an almost fanatical degree, but it explains the exceptional quality and amazing precision of his wines.

Reference #:
11.7 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Shiraz / Syrah

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