Elephant Hill SEA Syrah 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Oct-2023
Full, deep purple, lighter on the rim. The nose is lifted and elegant, with aromas of sweet floral, blackberry, black cherry, minerals, herbs and subtle spice. Full-bodied, aromas of blackberry and black cherry intertwined with violet, lavender and herbs, unveiling stony minerals, saline and liquorice. The mouthfeel has a velvety tannin framework; rich floral and savoury elements entice and linger to a rich, spiced, long finish. This complex Syrah shows intense floral, herb and savoury layers, concentrated fruit and an opulent, velvety mouthfeel. Match with wild boar and venison over the next 12+ years. Fruit from 98% Sea vineyard in Te Awanaga, 1% Earth vineyard and 1% Stone vineyard, 100% MS clone, inoculated and natural ferment, 13% alc, natural MLF in spring. Aged 18 months in barrel, 20% new oak, further 10 months in tank on light lees. 72 cases produced. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Oct 2023 RRP $65

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