In New ReleasesOctober 12, 2022

New Release! 2020 Easthope Family Winegrowers Paddock Six Syrah

We are so pleased that 2020 Easthope Family Winegrowers Paddock Six Syrah has arrived to D&N portfolio.

“Profound individual wines only emerge when vested hands tend the vines on a great site. (Rod Easthope, Winemakers)”

Rod and Emma Easthope are the only ones who look after their 3,000 Syrah vines within the Paddock Six vineyard here in Mangatahi, Hawke’s Bay. “It’s an innate intuition that these particular vines produce grapes that just look, feel, and most importantly, taste right. You could call it our in-house Grand Cru classification”, Rod, winemaker.

Only 650 bottles were made, and a small allocation to Dhall & Nash Fine Wines.

2020 Easthope Family Winegrowers Paddock Six Syrah, tasting notes: “An opaque core colour is ringed with luminous, youthful crimson hues. Swirling in large stemware reveals the true dark garnet core colour. Floral and spice attributes lead the nose with lavender and star anise being the best way to characterise these aromas. Underneath these high notes, fruit aromas that jostle between blueberry and cassis form the tenor and base and continue to emerge with aeration in the glass. The palate is tightly woven with layered fine grain fruit tannin that gives a chalky and graphitic like impression. There is a mineral note there too – like oyster shell. Ripe fruit flavours envelop the tannin resulting in an impressively long, deep, complex finish”.

More about Easthope Vineyard Winegrowers?

2021 Easthope Family Winegrowers Skeetfield Vineyard Chardonnay. Cameron Douglas, 95 points: “The unique site that is the Skeetfield vineyard in Hawkes Bay captures a sense of place and time in its chardonnay fruit showcasing scents of new season peach then quince, ripe grapefruit, there’s no mistaking the mineral layer enhanced with a wild white flowers suggestion. Delicious, weighty, vibrant and fresh on the palate with flavours that mirror the bouquet, there’s a youthful and refreshing acid line with a touch of salinity to it, fine tannins and balanced reserved use of oak. An excellent example, well made, lengthy and delicious! Best drinking from 2021 through 2029.”


2021 Easthope Family Winegrowers Two Terraces Vineyard Chenin Blanc. Bob Campbell, 94 points: “Wild-fermented and matured in an egg-shaped tank to enhance texture and aromatic complexity. Creamy-textured wine with green apple, ginger, roasted chestnut and a dab of bush honey. A complex chenin blanc with great cellaring potential. 2021 – 2030”.


2021 Easthope Family Winegrowers Two Terraces Vineyard Chenin Blanc. Candice Chow, 94 points: “Bright, even, pale straw-yellow with some depth. The bouquet is alluring, gently filled the glass with stonefruit, pineapple, citrus zest entwined with ginger and magnolia. Medium-light bodied, aromas of apricot, pineapple, melded with lemon and its zest, along with ginger, blossom and stony minerals. The fruit shows purity, and is poised and concentrated, leaving a long, lingering finish. Mouthwatering acidity provides focus, persists on the palate along a crunchy mineral line, slightly chalky in texture. This is an elegant Chenin Blanc features pristine fruit, acid precision and minerals. Match with oysters and blue cod with beurre blanc over the next 5+ years”


2021 Easthope Family Winegrowers Home Block Syrah. Candice Chow, 95 points: “Deep, full, dark purple with a ruby hue, lighter on the rim. The nose is gentle full, structured and youthful, aromas of plums, black raspberries entwined with herbaceous stalks and violets, unfolding liquorice and delicate peppery dusting. Medium-full bodied, complex aromas of red plums, black raspberries enlivens by black pepper, violets; deep nuances of liquorice unfold, followed by herbaceous, fragranced element. The mouthfeel is elegant, fine-grained tannin extraction leaving a firm yet velvety grip, unveiling spices and framed a fine structure. Lacy acid precision draws a long, lingering fragranced finish. The wine is perfectly balanced between freshness, delicate fragrance and richness of fruit and herbal presence. Match with Provencal lamb and wild boar over the next 8 years”


2021 Easthope Family Winegrowers Home Block Syrah. Joelle Thomson, 18.5 points: “Winemaker Rod Easthope made this powerful wine using 100% whole bunch fermentation in large oak puncheons, 20% new, which adds depth and subtle aromas of cedar that are in lovely, lively balance to this wine. Aromas of roasted fresh espresso combine with red fruit and spicy pepper notes on the finish. Great to drinking now and can age”


2020 Easthope Family Winegrowers Two Terraces Vineyard Gamay Noir. Bob Campbell. 92 points: “A serious gamay that could easily be mistaken for a ripe, soft pinot noir. It’s a delicately luscious wine with red cherry, violet and subtle spice-anise flavours”


If you would like to know more about this wine or even purchase it please do not hesitate to reach out to D&N