The Tinpot Hut story began in 2003 when winemaker Fiona Turner and her husband Hamish established their own 20 hectare vineyard in Marlborough’s emerging sub-region of Blind River. Naming her range of wines after a historic Marlborough mustering hut, the ‘Tinpot Hut’ links the area’s sheep farming past with its current state as one of the world’s most dynamic wine regions.
The fruit for the Syrah is sourced from some of the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand, planted on an ancient river terrace in the Dartmoor sub-region of Hawkes Bay, as well as from the unique gravel soil of the Gimblett Gravels area, which gives power and structure to the wine. Fiona used to work in Hawkes Bay, so knows the region intimately.
On the nose: This wine is ruby red in colour with youthful hints. It has aromas of white and black pepper, violets and plum and a subtle chocolate and leather spiciness.
On the palate: Leaning towards a Northern Rhône style, with plum, pepper and cinnamon characters and a smoked bacon note on the finish. A firm acid backbone, medium body and silky tannins give balance and structure.
Food pairing: Beef or Mushroom Wellington