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

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Aug-2015
Hand-picked fruit, MS clone from the Mere Road vineyard and clones 174 and 470 from the Gimblett Road site, fermented to 13.2% alc., the wine spending 15-30 days on skins post ferment and aged in 15% new French oak barrels. Very dark, near impenetrable, black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is gently concentrated with harmoniously melded aromas of ripe blackberry fruit, black plums and lifted black and violet florals. Nuances of liquorice, Asian spices and iron-earth emerge and are intricately interwoven with the fruit. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a deep, concentrated core of very ripe black berried fruits, plums and black pepper, revealing liquorice, Asian spices and violet florals. The fruit is sweet and lush, but balanced by fine, grainy-textured tannins and extract that add to the body and mouthfeel. This has good linearity, and the grip carries through to a long finish of black pepper and spices. This is a well-concentrated, ripe, spicy Syrah with fine, grainy tannin structure and body. Match with roasted or grilled game meat over the next 6-7+ years. 18.5/20 Aug 2015 RRP $24.99

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