Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-May-2012
Very dark, deep, saturated black-purple colour. The bouquet is well concentrated but elegant in presentation with bright, fresh, black berry fruits and complexing savoury game nuances alongside black pepper and dark red floral detail. Medium-full bodied, this is concentrated but stylishly proportioned on palate with lively black berry fruits, liquorice and spices along with savoury, minerally elements. The fruit is clean and crisply defined by bright acidity, and supported by fine-grained tannins. There is an acid raciness to the mouthfeel. The wine has a long and sustained finish with lush liquorice and spice flavours and good acidity. This is a succulent and balanced wine with freshness, good structure and an elegance to match pork and veal main courses, or to serve with firm cheeses over the next 5-8 years. Estate Syrah MS and Chave clone fruit, with 1% Viognier, destemmed and fermented with whole berries to 13.2% alc., the wine aged 16 months in all new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 May 2012 RRP $49.00

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