Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 16-Nov-2018
Full, even, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is a little restrained, with softly concentrated, integrated and layered aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with savoury plums entwined with soft, nutty oak complexities, unfolding a little game and iron-earth interest. This is presently locked-up, but will clearly reveal savoury complexities with some time. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly sweet and fulsome, with lusciously rich, ripe blackberry fruit with dark plums and subtle spice and nutty oak elements, unfolding black pepper. The flavours are harmoniously balanced and interwoven, and the fruit is supported by plenty of fine-grained tannin structure, along with a thread of soft acidity lending energy. The wine carries seamlessly to a smooth and detailed finish. This is a fine structured Syrah with interwoven flavours of blackberry fruit with plums and savoury nutty complexities, iron-earth notes and spices, on a beautifully balanced palate. It will emerge from its shyness, and develop over the next 7-9+ years. 100% Syrah, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. 19.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $59.99

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