BB Review: Tinpot Hut Syrah 2011

As women in the wine industry, we think it's important to get to know other women in the wine trade. Especially those that make the wine. For this round, we're tasting wines made by women to find out if they're lip-smackin' good.  🍷💋

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THE WINE

BOTTLE: Tinpot Hut Syrah 2011 – Hawkes Bay, New Zealand  

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £20.00 from Secret Cellar 

ABV & TECH SPECS:  100% Syrah and 13% ABV 

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WHO BOUGHT IT:  Kate. I've had the Tinpot Pinot Noir before but felt like Caro would kill me if I made her drink another pinot, so I crossed my fingers and bought the Syrah. (Are you happy, Caro?)

LET'S GET NERDY: Tinpot Hut winemaker and owner, Fiona Turner, started developing her vineyard in Marlborough's Awatere Valley in 2005. The land was originally a sheep farming station (which is... different to a sheep farm, we guess?) and she named her label after a landmark that high country musterers supposedly hang out at. (Honestly, how cool does Fiona look in this picture with her tractor?!) 

This wine is 100% Syrah, grown from some of New Zealand’s oldest Syrah vines in the renowned Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay.

PARTY FACT: A musterer is someone who rounds up livestock. (Don't pretend like you knew that without looking it up.) 

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THE VERDICT 

CARO: Rusty hues and aromas that do not prepare you for the incredible white pepper and lingering fruits - an explosive surprise that makes me give this wine a “HELL YES!” and that would get a “MORE NOW!” if I wasn't so hungover (at the time of tasting/writing). Totally my kind of Syrah, and one I’ll be chasing for another encounter.

ANGELA: The aromas from my glass are incredible– dark plum, cherry, chocolate, liquorice… And the palate doesn’t disappoint. This is a stunningly silky smooth wine and delivers on all its aromas. I can think of nothing better than spending an evening with this bottle. Just by myself. 

KATE: If you could turn this rusty red wine colour into a lipstick, it would literally be the perfect lip colour for fall. The wine itself is a bit spicy with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose. Once you get it in your mouth, the wine tastes a bit like a smoky cigar. I dig it. 

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WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Yes, please! But only after Caro's hangover is gone. (When will that be? Nobody can say for sure. Caro, is it gone?) 


Speaking of hangovers, have you listened to our latest episode of Bottle Bitches Podcast?! We discuss our tried and trued (yep!) hangover cures and sip some delicious Sicilian wine. Have a listen and then tell us #WinesUp with you over on the gram