Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 13-Aug-2020
Deep, dark ruby with depth, lighter on the rim with a purple hue. The nose is dense and robust with aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, red blossoms, unveiling vanilla, cedar, smoke, liquorice and a dried meat note. Full-bodied, fragrances of violet fill the palate, along with flavours of red plums, blackberries, entwined with liquorice, dried herbs, cedar, black pepper and cured meat. The fruit has good concentration and intensity, balanced by the well-structured, fine-grained, velvety tannin, leaves a clean and drying sensation. Acidity is just right, enlivened the palate with brightness and energy, flow to a long sustained flavoursome finish. This is a well-structured Syrah with flavours of red plums and blackberries, complexing oak element and varietal identity on a velvety fine-grained palate, lingers to linearity. Match with lamb shoulder, venison ribs for the next 8-10 years. Destemmed and fermented in tanks to 14% alc. Aged in mainly new French oak barriques for 17 months. 19/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $47 

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