Sourced from our steepest hillside vineyards, the Syrah for the Dreadnought was hand harvested, destemmed without crushing and fermented in small open top fermenters, plunged twice per day. Following an average of 3 weeks on skins the wines were gently pressed to oak barrels for Malolactic fermentation. Each parcel of fruit was kept separate in the winery until the final blending sessions after 15 months in oak.
The 2008 Dreadnought opens up to aromas of white pepper, star anise and blueberries with hints of wild game and a subtle floral fragrance. The palate has a mineral vibrancy which holds the firm ripe tannins in check. Overall the Dreadnought 2008 has layers of complex characters that unfold as the wine opens up in the glass revealing subtle hints of spice and game, a rich supple palate with the graphite-like tannins typical of 2008 Syrah from Waiheke Island.
The first in a line of early 20th century battleships bestowed with the motto "fear god and dreadnought" and embodying a supreme combination of speed and power, Dreadnought denotes our steepest and most breathtaking hillside Syrah vineyards.
This wine is bottled and protected under screw cap as we believe it is the best closure for quality wine.
"Representing a new level of quality for Waiheke Syrah, this wine boasts captivating aromas of peppered meat, violets and cassis. It's full bodied without being heavy, and the flavors seamlessly blend fruity with savory for a thrilling ride. Finishes long, with firm tannins and a hint of espresso. Drink now."
"A meaty, cool-climate syrah with scents of anise, blueberries and tar, this wine gains power from its tannins. The structure layers and herbal scents over crushed mineral flavors, gripping and a little youthfully reduced. Give this time in a decanter to open, then serve with roast duck."
Wine & Spirits
"The 2008 Dreadnought is straightforward on the nose at first, yet it develops nicely with aeration with aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and a touch of fresh date. Good definition but the bouquet demands coaxing. The palate is medium-bodied, flirting with jamminess but it has just enough acidity to keep it the right side of balance, with succulent blackberry and boysenberry fruit, chewy finish and good length. Not a subtle Syrah, but it has chutzpah and brio. Drink 2011-2017."
The Wine Advocate
"Good full red. Redcurrant, plum, spices and meat on the nose, with a musky hint of woodsmoke: very syrah. Then sexy, dense and sweet in the mouth, with wild red and darker berry flavors complicated by pepper and minerals and given shape by nicely integrated acidity. This concentrated, spicy wine conveys insidious intensity without any impression of weight. Very nicely balanced syrah, with a long finish feature a fine dusting of firm tannins.
International Wine Cellar