Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 17 – Plateau Block’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 02-Oct-2014
Very dark, deep hearted black-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on edge. This has a deep and concentrated nose of primary black berry, black pepper and plum fruit aromas along with complexing notes of Asian spices and violet florals lifted with nuances of bacony, toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, rich, lusciously juicy, concentrated flavours of blackberries, boysenberries spicy plums, black pepper and violet florals are the feature on the palate. The mouthfeel is rounded with a deep core, the acidity ripe and fine, lending a soft opulence. Refined tannins support the fruit and grow in prominence to provide structure and linearity, unfolding an exotic spice and fruit amalgam. Some gentle alcoholic power emerges and with the extraction, carries the wine to a long, softly concentrated finish with plum, liquorice and violet notes. This is a soft, plush, rich and ripe, exotic-fruited Syrah that will match lamb, venison, game meat and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the ‘Plateau’ vineyard on Omahu Road in the Gimblett Gravels, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. 18.5/20 Oct 2014 RRP $37.90

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