Mission ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 21-Aug-2015
Very dark, black-hued purple-red colour, near saturated, with lighter purple hues on the rim. This has a full, densely packed nose, initially soft in expression but building in depth and opening with aeration to show ripe blackberry fruit with notes of blueberries, black pepper and Asian spices, unveiling violet and black floral perfumes, and subtle reductive mineral complexities. Medium-full bodied, rich, bright, lively black berried fruits are entwined with blue fruits, black pepper, with earthy, minerally elements. The mouthfeel features plenty of grainy tannin extraction and structure along with lacy acid tension and energy. The palate has a strong core and line that leads to a firm-textured, brisk and racy finish of black fruits. This is a rich, black-fruited Syrah with strong grip and extract, and acid freshness. It benefits from aeration. Match with wild duck and pork dishes, and most roasted red meats over the next 7-9+ years. Hand-picked fruit, MS clone from the Mere Road vineyard, and MS, 174 and 470 clone fruit from the Gimblett Road vineyard, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine spending 15 days on skins post ferment and aged 12 months in 15% new French oak. 1,580 dozen made. 18.5-/20 Aug 2015 RRP $24.99

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