Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Aug-2018
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is shy in expression and tightly bound, but unfolds to show aromas of ripe blackberry and dark raspberry fruit along with subtle notes of black pepper and violet florals, and nuances of spice and liquorice. The fruit forms a concentrated core and positive line with excellent depth and fine-grained powdery tannin extraction in support. The acidity is integrated and the flavours carry to a sdoft, spicy, peppery finish. This is a taut and concentrated Syrah with blackberry and dark raspberry fruit with fine-grained powdery tannin structure. The wine needs a couple of years to open up. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-7+ years. Syrah fruit from the ‘Mere Road’ vineyard, destemmed but retaining whole berries and fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts, 66% of the wine in French integrale barrel, to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 50% new French oak hogsheads. 18.5-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $49.95

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