Elephant Hill ‘Airavata’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-May-2012
‘Airavata' is the Hindu king-god of elephants and is the label for exceptional releases. This is the third such wine, the previous being a Sauvignon Blanc and a 2009 Viognier. Hand-picked Syrah fruit with a small percentage of Viognier and warm-fermented with a portion of whole clusters to 13.6% alc. The wine spent 14-18 days on skins and aged 20 months in French oak barrels. Full, saturated black-red colour, with youthful purple hues. Full, concentrated and dense aromas of very ripe black plum and berry fruits slowly open to reveal layers of savoury game, meat, graphite and cedar nuances in the glass. This is full-bodied and densely packed with black fruit flavours interwoven with spices, game and earth with black pepper elements. Underlying acidity and very fine tannins lend a suppleness to the mouthfeel and a sense of refinement for the size. This is fully-structured, but balanced by the richness of the fruit. Waves of liquorice, dark plums and chocolate gradually unfold on the long finish. This is a ripe, broodingly concentrated and multi-layered Syrah that will develop over the next 10-12+ years. Serve with slow-cooked red meat. 19.0/20 May 2012 RRP $80.00

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