Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jun-2014
Full, saturated, black-hearted purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant in proportion with concentrated aromas of fragrantly ripe black berry fruits lifted with black pepper, spicy oak nuances, hints of black minerals and violetty florals. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe black fruits, pepper and spices are stylishly restrained, unfolding bright aromatic floral notes in the glass. Some underlying minerally elements add to the interest. The fruit is tightly bound forming a dense and concentrated core with fine-grained tannins providing line to the structure and mouthfeel. The wine is carried to a very long, sustained finish that reveals spices and aromatic florals. This is an elegantly presented, tightly bound and well-concentrated Syrah with spicy, aromatic lift. This has the potential to develop greater richness and complexity over the next 6-8+ years. Serve with duck and pork, and with Asian and Middle Eastern fare. MS, Chave and 470 clone Syrah fruit from the company’s Gimblett Gravels and Te Awanga vineyards, destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Jun 2014 RRP $34.00

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