Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Oct-2015
Very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, lighter on the rim. This has a full, open and up-front nose of very ripe blackberry fruit along with black plums, black pepper, liquorice, and sweet Asian spice notes. This builds in depth and concentration revealing blueberry fruit and earthy detail in the glass. Medium-bodied, sweet and up-front flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits, dark plums, spices and black pepper gently fill the mouth. Fine grained tannins emerge to support the fruit, with lacy acidity lending energy and freshness. The flavours flow with tension, and recede, leading to an elegant, slender finish of plums and liquorice. This is a full, up-front, very ripe, sweet-fruited Syrah with supple tannins and a light finish. Match with barbecued and grilled lamb and beef dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from a single vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in tank and seasoned oak. 17.5-/20 Oct 2015 RRP $26.50 Full, dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour. This has an elegant and penetrating nose of lifted and fragrant violetty florals, black and red fruits, black pepper and spices. Medium-bodied and elegantly presented, an amalgam of tightly bound flavours of spicy black fruits, pepper and florals form a well-concentrated palate core. The fruit is balanced by fresh, lacy acidity and fine-grained tannin extraction. The palate flows with energy and linearity, leading to a lively, aromatic finish with pepper, spices and subtle toasty elements. This is an elegant, bright-fruited and lively Syrah with a good core of aromatic and spicy flavours. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next years. Fruit from a single vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in oak and tank for 11 months. 17.0+/20 May 2014 RRP $24.99

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