Elephant Hill Airavata Syrah 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Oct-2023
Full, deep ruby-red, lighter on the rim. The nose is alluring, complex yet harmonious, with aromas of plum, boysenberry, blackberry and violet melded with minerals and spice. Full-bodied, aromas of plum and boysenberry entwined with violet, savoury, earthy elements, smoked meat, nutmeg and clone. The mouthfeel is rich and dense, packed with savoury mineral details; fine-grained, smooth tannins provide structure, along with black tea fragrance and earthy minerals, clinging to the side of the palate and lingering to a lasting closing. This flagship Syrah is impressive, well-structured with concentration, fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity. Match with venison and roasted lamb over the next 12+ years. Fruit from 60% Stone vineyard in Gimblett Gravels, 40% Earth vineyard in Bridge Pa, 99% Syrah clone 470 (80%) and MS (20%), plus 1% Viognier. Fermented with 30% whole cluster, 13% alc, natural spring MLF. Aged 24 months in barrel, 40% new oak, further 4 months in tanks rested on light lees. 110 cases produced. 19.5/20 pts (97 pts) Oct 2023 RRP $125

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