Elephant Hill Stone Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Sep-2021
Deep purple-ruby with a dark core, lighter on edge. The nose is concentrated, tightly packed with dense aromas of dark plums, ripe blackberries, entwined with violet floral, earth and toasty oak spices. Full-bodied, aromas of dark plums and blackberries are ripe with richness, melded with liquorice, violets and black pepper, along with meaty and toasty barrels elements. The palate is rich and concentrated, underlined earthy mineral and fine-grained, velvety tannin extraction. Integrated acidity carry flavours with drive and energy to a fulsome, lingering finish. This is a wholesome Syrah with ripe fruit flavours, earthy minerals and meaty underlay, integrated, lively acidity and a fine tannin structure. Match this with venison and casserole for the next 10+ years. Syrah fruit was from Gimblett Gravels, co-fermented with 1% viognier from Te Awanga to 13.5% alc, aged 21 months, French oak barrique, 55% new oak. 110 cases produced. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Sept 2021 RRP $59

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