Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Syrah 2020, Hawke’s Bay

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 21-Sep-2022
Deep, full dark purple, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is full, rich aromas of Doris plum and blackberry melded with bergamot, herb, black pepper and savoury elements. Medium-full bodied, Doris plum and blackberry have a concentrated core, adorned by sage, bergamot, cured meat and black pepper. The palate is rich with dense fruit and savoury tannin extraction, providing a mouth-filling palate and structure. Vibrant acidity lifts and lightens the rich palate, injecting vitality and energy. This rich Syrah possesses black fruit, herbs and savoury, ripe tannin, supported by lively acidity and a fine tannin structure. Match with venison ragu and Moroccan lamb tagine over the next 8+ years. Fruit from Gimblett Gravels 62% and Mangatahi 38%, predominantly MS clone 70%. 100% destemmed, gentle extraction with one gentle pump over daily during fermentation, pressed to barrels, aged for 14 months in French oak barriques, 35% new oak. 13% alc. Vegan friendly. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $40

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