Elephant Hill ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Jan-2014
Made from 72% MS and 27% 470 clone Syrah co-fermented with 1% Viognier. There were 10 hand-picks of Syrah fruit, 80% from the company’s Gimblett and 19% from the Te Awanga vineyards, with 4 picks of the Viognier from the Te Awanga site, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 30% new French oak barriques. Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red with purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is full with rich and ripe aromas of black fruits and savoury black pepper infused with subtle and complexing layers of Asian spices, soy sauce, tar and bacony oak, all harmoniously melded. Medium-full bodied, rich, lusciously plummy flavours of black fruits unfold waves of black pepper, spices and toasty oak. The layers of interest flow harmoniously and with a smooth decadence, filling the mouth. Very fine-grained tannins underline the flavours and the acidity is balanced and unobtrusive. This has good richness and drive and a firm linearity carries the wine to a very long, lingering finish with spices and oak prevailing. This is a rich, supple, spicy-oaky Syrah with harmonious layers of flavour. Match with slow-cooked red game meat over the next 5-6+ years. 18.5+/20 Jan 2014 RRP $49.00

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