Omata Estate Old Vines Syrah was recently reviewed by New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine writer Michael Cooper in The Listener magazine. Here’s what he had to say in giving our Syrah 5 stars:

“Attractively scented and densely coloured, this is a youthful red with highly concentrated, ripe plum and spice flavours. Poised and immaculate, its already delicious, but should be at its best from 2016 onwards.”

A haven of distinction and indulgent tranquility, purchased from the local Maori in 1831 by captain John Wright, Omata was a key destination point for European immigrants to New Zealand.

This began Omata’s involvement in Russell under European ownership. In 1883, the Deeming Family purchased 70 acres from John Wright’s estate. This land was passed down through generations until 1994 when the land was developed to make today’s Omata Estate.

Omata Estate is now owned by the Cashmore Family and under the guidance of Bruce Soland (viticulturalist) and Rod McIvor (wine maker) Omata has established itself as one of Northlands premier wine growing sites and one of the best wineries in the Bay of Islands.

The coastal climate similar to Waiheke, but further north and higher sunshine hours, is growing consistently stunning wines. Omata wines have won international acclaim and are continually improving soils and viticulture using natural and sustainable practices.

Their goal is to pleasantly surprise your palate with every taste.

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