Elephant Hill EARTH Syrah 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Oct-2023
Full, deep purple, lighter on the rim. The nose is robust with aromas of dark herb, black cherry, blackberry, earth, spice and savoury elements. Full-bodied, blackberry and black cherry aromas entwined with rich herb, liquorice, earth minerals, clove, star anise and cured meat. The mouthfeel is full and broad, liquorice melded with stony minerals, along with fine-grained tannins clinging to the palate. Rich and herbaceous elements drive an extended closing. This Syrah is alluring with a herbaceous feature, broody, rich mineral palate and a meaty finish. Match with herb-crusted lamb and steak & stout stew over the next 12+ years. Fruit from 99% Earth vineyard in Bridge Pa, 1% Sea vineyard. Mostly MS clone, plus 470 and 1% Viognier. Fermented 20% whole cluster, fermented to 14% alc, natural MLF in spring. Aged 24 months in barrel, 50% new oak, further 4 months in tank on light lees. 156 cases produced. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Oct 2023 RRP $65

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