Crossroads ‘Talisman’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Sep-2015
Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated and well-proportioned with intense, finely penetrating aromas of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, along with nuances of exotic spices, black pepper, iron-earth and minerals, and complexing oak char and reductive suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation featuring intense and finely concentrated flavours of black berried and spicy plum fruit with liquorice, black minerals and exotic smoky, toasty oak nuances. The fruit is stylishly rich and succulent and supported by very fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction lending a velvety mouthfeel and seamless flow. The acidity is integrated, lending good vibrancy, enhancing the richness, and the wine carries to a very long, lingering finish with liquorice, earth and toasty detail. This is an elegant, refined and intense, exotic Syrah with succulent black fruits, pepper, earth and toasty complexities, and a velvety structure. Match with Middle Eastern lamb and Asian pork and beef dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 100% Syrah, MS and Chave clones, from the ‘Elms’ vineyard, Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented in small stainless-steel fermenters to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new French oak barriques, followed by a further 3 months in older barrels. 19.0/20 Sep 2015 RRP $45.00

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