Kusuda's Syrah is closer in style to Northern Rhone than it is to those of his neighbouring vignerons, it is an exceptional wine that shows pure fruit, length, and elegance.
‘If you wanted to explore the concept of ‘precision’ in wine, Kusuda is a good place to do so. Winemaking is thoughtful but simple, with a quarter of the wine seeing new oak—some 20 months maturing in barrel. Kusuda rarely disappoints. Perhaps New Zealand’s greatest Syrah, or at least in the very upper echelon.’
Quantities are strictly limited and capped at two per customer.
Tokyo-born Hiroyuki (known as Hiro) Kusuda trained as a lawyer and worked for Fujitsu, then the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney before throwing it all in to pursue his other love, wine and winemaking. Developing his style during harvests in Burgundy and studying viticulture at Geisenheim in Germany, the choice of New Zealand in general and Martinborough in particular apparently came about through tasting the 1992 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. Hiro Kusuda is meticulous to an almost fanatical degree, but it explains the exceptional quality and amazing precision of his wines. They speak of passion, diligence, and the continuous pursuit of perfection. Volumes produced are very small, with only 1.6 ha of Pinot Noir, 1.2 ha of Syrah and even less of Riesling grown.
BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Delicate, edgy, supple syrah with violet, red rose petal, fresh herb, white pepper and subtle spicy flavours. The wine has great purity, power and an ethereal texture. Needs bottle-age to reveal its full potential.