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"There are world class wineries at our doorstep"
by Phil Parker
NZ Herald, Jan 1st 2011
"A little hard to find, Omata Estate is in a secluded cove, down a private driveway, about five minutes drive from the Opua/Russell car ferry. Chardonnay, merlot and syrah are grown on the property, with winemaking by Rod McIvor of Marsden Estate.
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Wine, food & other vinous topics from New Zealand
May 15th 2011
"Omata Estate Syrah 2009 is made from grapes grown in Russell in the Bay of Islands. In the glass the wine is a vivid boysenberry red and has a rich ripe aroma of concentrated berry fruit and lashings of black pepper while emanating a smooth impression of vanillin oak. Ripe and juicy to the taste, this savoury, tarry, peppery Syrah has a beguiling rose spice character together with dark fruits and a lifted brightness to the finish. I always knew Northland could produce great Syrah and this is a terrific example. It has 13.5% alcohol and a screwcap closure. Cheers!"