Stonecroft Reserve Syrah 2009

Established in 1982 by Alan Limmer, Stonecroft was a pioneer in the Gimblett Gravels and with Syrah as a varietal in New Zealand. Of particular note is the original source of Stonecroft's Syrah vines, rescued from the Te Kauwhata research station, purported to be descendants of James Busby's collection of the 1830s. Planted in 1984, these are the oldest Syrah plantings in the country. These vines are now supplemented by newer material, and Stonecroft's Syrah is spread over two sites, the original Mere Road site and the ‘Tokarahi' vineyard on Roy's Hill. Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin purchased Stonecroft in June 2010, and Alan Limmer remains in a vineyard and winemaking consultancy role. The ‘Reserve' label was introduced to remove any confusion which is Stonecroft's top Syrah expression. www.stonecroft.co.nz

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