Clos de Ste Anne ‘The Crucible’ Syrah 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 16-Feb-2015
Full, even, black-red colour with purple hues on rim. The nose is tightly concentrated with intense and finely concentrated aromas of ripe black berried fruits infused with black minerals, revealing black pepper, spices and violet florals. The nose is detailed and very fine in expression. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, the flavours of ripe black berry fruits and cracked black pepper are rich and concentrated, unfolding complex mineral and sweet oak notes. The fruit is underlined by very fine-grained, powdery tannins with soft acidity contributing to a velvety texture and line. The wine is harmoniously balanced and flows smoothly, the concentrated core leading to a very long sweet finish with black pepper and minerals. This is a finely proportioned, concentrated Syrah with black berry and peppery flavours, mineral interest and refined structure. Match with Middle Eastern cuisine, roasted red meats and slow-cooked game dishes over the next 7-9+ years. Hand-picked fruit from ‘The Crucible’, indigenous yeast co-fermented with 5% whole cluster Viognier fruit to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in seasoned 600 L demi-muids. 19.0-/20 Feb 2015 RRP $75.00

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