Elephant Hill ‘Stone’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-Jun-2018
Full, near impenetrable, black-hued ruby-red colour with some garnet tints on the rim. The bouquet is well-proportioned with tightly packed and densely concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry fruit integrated with a layering of iron-earth minerals, unveiling hints of liquorice, black pepper and suggestions of spices and violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is succulently sweet and rich with ripe flavours of blackberries, along with subtle notes of plums and boysenberries, liquorice, Asian spices, black pepper and underlying iron-earth minerals at the core. The palate is rich, plush and concentrated, and underlined by considerable fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction and structure. The acidity is integrated, adding to the rounded heart. The flavours carry with plenty of drive, power and energy to a long, softly full, lingering finish. This is a rich, fulsome Syrah with ripe blackberry fruit with plum, liquorice, pepper and spice notes with an iron-earth underlay, with considerable fine tannin extraction and structure. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 10 years. MS clone Syrah fruit with 1% Viognier whole bunches, from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard, fermented with approx. 10% whole bunches overall to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 26 months in 36% new French oak. 139 cases made. 19.0+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $75.00

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