Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Syrah 2019, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 19-Feb-2021
Dense, deep purple with some transparency, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with intensity, fragrant violet aromas melded with ripe plums, blackberries; a subtle note of cured meat savouriness entwined with eucalyptus and spice. Medium-full bodied, bright fruit and herbaceous on the palate, nuances of mint, violet interweave blackberries, plums, along with anise and black peppercorns, unfolding subtle meatiness. The mouthfeel is creamy with fine-grained tannin extraction; it framed a fine structure. The fruit is bright with weight and intensity, herbaceous aroma added another layer of depth to the wine, linger to a long, refined finish. This is a savoury Syrah with fruit density and fragrant quality on a creamy palate with a fine-grained tannin structure. Match with braised lamb shanks and wild boar over the next 5 years. Fruit from three Gimblett Gravels vineyards, fermented to 13.5% alc, aged in French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Feb 2021 $40

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