Alpha Domus The Ace Special Reserve Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 18-Jun-2020
Dark, medium ruby-red with a brightness, even colour throughout. The nose is complex with depth, concentrated aromas of blueberries, boysenberries melded with violet fragrance, underlying dark herbs, liquorice roots, savoury lightly smoked meat and spices. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely presented with a tight core of blueberries, boysenberries and violet florals; unfolding liquorice and dark herbs, along with smoked meat savouriness and black pepper. The fruit is ripe with the right proportion of fruitness; enlivened the savoury, smoked meat elements. The violet, dark herbs and liquorice roots detail added a delicate layer of interest. The powdery fine-grained tannin extract is well integrated with all the elements, providing a well-framed structure. Lacy acidity contributed to freshness, flows to a long, sustained finish. This is a complex and elegant Syrah with well-proportioned flavours of fruit and delicate herbs and floral detail, along with savoury meatiness on a well structured powdery tannin mouthfeel. Match with grilled lamb and game over the next 8-10 years. Handpicked, destemmed, fermented with 1% Viognier to 13.5% alc. Aged in French oak puncheons and barriques for approx 10 months. 19/20 pts June 2020 RRP $60

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