Craggy Range ‘Le Sol’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Sep-2017
Full, black-red colour, near saturated with youthful purple hues. The nose is full, deep and densely packed with concentrated layers of ripe blackberry fruit and subtle nuances of dark raspberries, unfolding violet florals with liquorice, black plums, spices and iron-earth elements. This is a powerhouse of a wine. Full-bodied, the palate has deep and densely concentrated flavours of blackberry fruit with black plums, dark raspberries, and notes of liquorice, spices and iron-earth minerals. The flavours are mouthfilling with great breadth, and the fruit is supported by considerable extract and structure, the tannins very fine-grained and powdery. The acidity is integrated and balanced, and the flavours carry to a fulsome, long and sustained, powerful finish of black fruits and spices. This is a 10-15 year wine. 100% MS Heritage clone, selected from Blocks 8-14, hand-picked and fully destemmed, and fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine spending 18-28 days on skins and aged 17 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $135.00 Very dark, saturated black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, and very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly concentrated with densely packed and deep aromas of ripe blackberry fruit and black plums entwined with liquorice and Asian spices, unfolding violet florals and notes of iron-earth minerals, and layers of cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and lusciously fruited with deeply concentrated flavours of ripe blackberries and dark raspberries, black plums, and subtle notes of liquorice and a fine layer of Asian spices intermingling with violet florals. The oaking is beautifully balanced and integrated, with the palate showing iron-earth and mineral complexities. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure providing considerable grip and texture, which carries the rich fruit to a long, dry, fine-textured, exotic-fruited finish of spices, florals and minerals. This is a deeply concentrated, elegantly rich Syrah with considerable fine-grained tannin structure and gip with layers of exotic fruit, spices, florals and oak. Match with roasted and slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 8-10+ years. 100% MS Heritage clone, selected from Blocks 8-14, hand-picked and fully destemmed, and fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine spending 18-28 days on skins and aged 17 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 19.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $135.00

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