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Squawking Magpie ‘The Gravels’ Syrah 2016

08 December,2017

Gavin Yortt, one of the pioneer growers in the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay, with vineyards dating back to 1981, has had his Squawking Magpie brand operating since the 1999 vintage. A passionate supporter of the region and especially the Gimblett Gravels district, Gavin and his wines have won many major awards. His best wines come from his 20 ha vineyard, but he utilises fruit from other parts of the region. ‘The Gravels’ tier, introduced last year pays homage to the gravel soils of Hawke’s Bay with "the intention to over-deliver in value”. With the experienced Jenny Dobson as his winemaker, Gavin achieves him aim. Here, I review the new release ‘The Gravels’ Syrah 2016. www.squawkingmagpie.co.nz

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Squawking Magpie ‘The Gravels’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

18.5-/20

Even, very dark, purple hued ruby-red colour, a tad lighter on the rim, and very youthful in appearance. The nose is gently packed with aromas of ripe dark raspberries with hints of blackberries, entwined with dark-red and violet florals, along with black and white pepper and spices. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and juicy fruit flavours of dark raspberries and blackberries intermingling with aromatic red and violet florals, a subtle layering of black and white pepper with spice notes and nuances of iron-earth minerals. The palate has fine-grained tannin structure and balanced acidity supporting the fruit. The mouthfeel carries the juicy fruit to a soft-textured, dry, lingering finish. This is a rich and juicy Syrah with dark raspberry and black fruits, pepper, floral and spice detail on a fine-grained, well-structured palate. Match with Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6+ years. 100% Syrah fruit from the Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 35% new oak. 18.5-/20 Dec 2017 RRP $33.95

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