Stonecroft 2018 ‘Crofters’ and ‘Undressed’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrahs

12-Nov-2018

When Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin purchased the Stonecroft winegrowing business from the Limmer family, they took on the mantle of continuing one of the pioneering and top wineries in the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay, as well as tending some of this country’s oldest Syrah vines, based on cuttings from the Te Kauwhata Research Station. The vines are now 34 y.o., planted in 1984, and the MS clone has been propagated to become the best performing Syrah clone producing arguably the finest Syrah wines in the country.

McCollum and Monin have revitalised the brand, added a third vineyard (the former Mills Reef ‘Trust’ vineyard) which they call the ‘Fernhill’ vineyard with 3.6 ha of vines to their existing holdings of the home ‘Mere Road’ vineyard of 3 ha, and the ‘Roys Hill’ vineyard of 3.5 ha. They gained AsureQuality organic certification in 2013, and in my opinion, generally raised the standards of the wines. The owners live on Roys Hill and are fully intimate with all aspects of the business, but keep the production tight and controlled, making up to only 3,000 cases of wine annually. Although making a range of excellent wines, the Syrah is the star. Here, I review the 2018 ‘Crofters’ and ‘Undressed’, and 2016 ‘Reserve’ Syrahs, the latter the flagship. There is also the super-premium ‘The Original’ Syrah, made twice to date. www.stonecroft.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Stonecroft ‘Crofters’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018
  • Stonecroft ‘Undressed’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018
  • Stonecroft ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

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