Wairau River Reserve Syrah 2016 (Marlborough)
Made from fruit grown in winemaker Sam Rose’s own vineyard, this is a delightfully sweet-fruited, delicious wine. Aromas akin to violets and a touch of tar lead the way. In the mouth, the dark, attractive fruit, well-spiced with oak, is supported by flowing, silky tannins. The finish is long and fine. Serve it alongside venison carpaccio.