Elephant Hill STONE 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 elegantly presented with alluring floral, minty herbs, meaty nuance, dark minerals overlying blackberry, blackcurrant and spice. Full-bodied, broody blackberry and blackcurrant aromas melded with black tea, peppercorn, violet and rich minty herbs. Stoney minerals reflect on fine-grained tannins, contributing a youthful yet velvety grip. The fruit is concentrated and rich; integrated acidity provides vitality and a long, herbaceous finish. This exceptional Syrah is concentrated, packed with black fruit and complex layers on a rich mouthfeel and lasting closing. Match with roasted lamb and venison backstrap over the next 12+ years. Fruit from 100% Stone vineyard in Gimblett Gravels, clone 91% MS and 9% 470, fermented with 10% whole cluster to 13% alc, natural MLF in spring. Aged 24 months in barrel, 42% new oak, further 4 months in tank on light lees. 290 cases produced. 19.5/20 pts (97 pts) Oct 2023 RRP $65

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