Elephant Hill Reserve Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Sep-2021
Deep ruby-red with a black hue, lighter on edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegant, with power, gently filling the glass with aromas of black plums, blackberries, melded with an amalgam of spices, black pepper, cinnamon, star anise, unfolding cedar and meaty nuances. Full-bodied, aromas of black plums and blackberries have depth and concentration, interweave liquorice roots, violets, and spices, followed by cedar, dark earthy minerals and meaty notes. The wine is rich and complex with dark details of fruit, spice and earth; mid-palate is creamy and bright, supported by balanced, lively acidity. A firm and minerally, fine-grained tannin extraction lends an opulent mouthfeel, provides vitality and, lingers with roasted coffee to a lengthy, satisfying finish. This complex and powerful Syrah shows dark fruit, spices and earth with depth and continually unfolding finer details. Match with venison with a rich sauce and roasted lamb over the next 10-15 years. 100% Syrah fruit sourced from Gimblett Gravels (48%), Bridge Pa (40%) and Te Awanga (12%), fermented to 13.5% alc, aged 24 months in barrel, 35% new oak. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $49.95

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