Mission ‘Huchet’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 11-Aug-2015
Full, saturated, purple-hued black-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly presented with very tightly concentrated and refined, intense aromas of ripe black berried fruits interwoven with black pepper and black minerals, lifted by piquant black and violet florals. Fine iron-earth detail unfolds with subtle oak spicing, and tar-like elements emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe black berries, black pepper, iron-earth and minerals are very tightly concentrated forming a refined, firm core. Earth, tar and floral detail add complexity, and the wine has succulence and richness. The extraction and tannin structure is very fine-grained and flowery in texture, balancing the sweetness, and the palate driven and flowing with great linearity. The wine is carried to a very long, lingering fine-and dry textured, black minerally finish. This is a Syrah of great elegance, with concentrated black fruits and minerally detail, and a refined, firm structure. Serve with slow-cooked game meat or with hard cheeses over the next 10-15 years. Hand-picked fruit from 0.3 ha of ‘Zone A’ vines in the Mere Road vineyard, 805 vines in total, fermented with a portion of whole berries to 14.1% alc., the wine spending 15 days on skins post ferment and aged 18 months in one-third new oak. 1,760 bottles produced. 19.5/20 Aug 2015 RRP $130.00

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