Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 23-Aug-2016
Very dark black-red colour with purple hues, near impenetrable. This has a firm nose of blackberry fruit with notes of black pepper intermingling with currant nuances and whole bunch stalk complexities. Dark herbs and mineral emerge along with a suggestion of funky reduction. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firm and concentrated with good depth and rounded density and a sweetly ripe fruit core of luscious black fruits. This shows an integrated array with blackberry, black pepper and subtle spice elements. The oaking and whole cluster components are well-integrated, and the palate reveals subtle game nuances. The tannin extraction and fresh acidity lend energy and liveliness and lead to a long, lingering finish with powdery tannins. This is a firm and concentrated, sweetly ripe Syrah with aromatic whole cluster complexities. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb dishes and slow-cooked meats over the next 6-8 years. Syrah fruit from 40% ‘Gimblett’, 40% ‘Triangle’ and 20% ‘Te Awanga’, co-fermented with 1% Viognier to 13.5% alc. with 20% whole bunches, the wine aged 14 months in 30-35% new oak. 18.5-/20 Aug 2016 RRP $34.00 Full, saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has an elegantly proportioned, tightly bound nose of ripe black berried fruits entwined with mineral notes, the aromatics building in intensity, revealing piquant blue fruits, violet fragrances and subtly penetrating black earth and reductive complexities. Medium-full bodied and elegant in presentation, the palate features tightly concentrated flavours of ripe black-berried fruits infused with black minerals and complex reductive elements forming a refined, firm core and line. The fruit is underlined by powdery tannin textures and structure with ripe, integrated acidity. The fruit sweetness grows, and unveils complexing black plum, violet floral, black pepper and spice detail which carries to a long, fine-featured finish. This is a very elegant, tightly bound Syrah with black fruit and minerally flavours and a refined, firm structure. Match with game meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. MS, Chave and 470 clone fruit from the company’s Gimblett, Triangle and Te Awanga vineyards, fermented with a small portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 18.0/20 Sep 2015 RRP $34.00

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