Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Aug-2018
Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly rich and voluminous with aromas of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit entwined with notes of violet and dark-red florals along with spice detail, unfolding black and white pepper and a little iron-earth. The floral components bloom in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a finely balanced and harmonious palate with interwoven flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries, Asian spices, with floral and pepper detail, and iron-earth elements. The fruit possesses sweetness, succulence and richness, and is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction, with soft acidity. The palate flows positively to a soft, lingering finish. This is a harmoniously integrated Syrah with blackberry, raspberry, spice, pepper and earth flavours on a fine-structured, soft and refined palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6+ years. Syrah fruit, 64% from the Gimblett Gravels, 26% from Te Awanga and 10% from Bridge Pa, fermented with 5% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 25% new French oak, then given a further 6 months on lees. 18.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $36.00

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