Sacred Hill ‘Deerstalker’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Jul-2012
Hand-picked fruit from the company's Gimblett Gravels vineyard, destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the components aged 12 months in barrel then given a further 4 months in barrel after blending. Very dark, deep, impenetrable black-red colour with purple hues. The bouquet is very intense, tightly bound and finely concentrated showing ripe black fruits with savoury graphite, black earth and savoury minerally complexities, revealing layers of Asian spices and a little bacon-like oak. Full-bodied, this is packed with penetrating flavours of fully-ripened black berry fruits and black plums, laced with flavours of liquorice, spices and black pepper along with nuances of dark violetty florals that intermingle with oak. The palate is seriously extracted, the tannins driving the palate line with fresh acidity. Fine textures and lively tension provide a degree of style and cut, and lead to a very long, lingering finish with liquorice, spices and oak. This is a powerfully concentrated and vibrant, lively Syrah packed with ripe fruit and matching spices and oak. Serve with slow-cooked red meats and hard cheeses over the next 10-12+ years. 19.0+/20 Jul 2012 RRP $59.99

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