Squawking Magpie ‘SQM Platinum’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2007

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Jul-2012
Very full, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hue. This has a very fine and elegantly presented nose, lifted with ethereal black fruits and inky elements, exotic spices, floral esters and minerals. Medium-fill bodied, this is elegantly proportioned with subtly layered flavours of ripe black fruits, lifted florals, spiced herbs and exotic elements. The palate has considerable extraction with very fine-grained tannins that contain the tightly bound fruit. Oaking is sensitive and balanced, providing char nuances which intermingle with minerally notes. Bright acidity results in a liveliness and freshness to the mouthfeel which carries through to a refined finish with lingering oak and spiced liquorice nuances. This is an elegant and ethereally lifted Syrah with exotic spices and considerable, but fine-grained extract. It is still youthful with much to unfold. Match with Mediterranean cuisine and hard cheeses over the next 8-12+ years. A single vineyard wine from the Gimblett Gravels, 100% Syrah, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 70% new French oak. Only 400 bottles produced. 18.0-/20 Jul 2012 RRP $69.00

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