Syrah is not planted in every vineyard here on Long Island. Shiraz is even harder to find here on Long Island.
That second sentence is just in jest, Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape, it is just called different names around the world with Shiraz used mainly in Australia. It pays tribute to Russell Hearn, the winemaker who is from Australia.
Suhru Wins is the brand created by Susan & Russell Hearn. Su for Susan. H for Hearn and Ru for Russell. Russell Hearn, Australian born winemaker at Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue, he is also the founding partner of Premium Wine Group, a custom crush facility in Mattituck. Susan, Russell’s wife is the face of Suhru and the driving force behind Suhru.
Suhru does not have a vineyard per se. They currently produce 5 wines, a red blend, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz Rose, Riesling and Shiraz. Their fruit is sourced from various vineyard sites in the Finger Lakes and the North Fork.
Suhru 2009 Shiraz ($22) is a blend of 95% Shiraz, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon from the North Fork of Long Island is a delicious wine that makes you stop and think that Syrah/Shiraz can be made here on Long Island under the right conditions and in the right hands.
On the nose I was picking up aromas of ground pepper, blackberry, raspberry, cherry and plum. Earthy and spicy with notes of coriander and cardamom, hints of savory herb and dried mint. There is a floral note with a hint of smoky gunpowder.
The palate brought big berry notes, more ground pepper and smoky notes with a taste of vanilla and sweet ripe fruits.
Bright acidity and soft approachable tannins filled my mouth with a moderate finish of ground pepper, mint and plum.
Sealed under screw cap or also know as Stelvin closures, this is a perfect wine to bring to that early summer BBQ or with grilled pizza. This bottle along with all of Suhru’s wines can be purchased at The Winemakers Studio on Peconic Lane in Peconic, NY