Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 09-Feb-2015
Very dark, deep, purple-red colour. The nose is near decadent in richness, with well-ripened black berry fruit. I see plums, hints of boysenberries and black pepper. Black and violet florals lift the aromatics. Nuances of oak spice and complex savoury hints add detail. The palate features the very ripe fruit. Is this verging on showing some over-ripe notes? If so, it works extremely well, as there are still lovely perfumes. The extraction and structure are more a feature on the palate than last showing. The tannins are very fine-grained and powdery. Great depth, concentration and density, but with a degree of accessibility still. This will keep a decade easily. 19.0+/20 Feb 2015 RRP $35.00 Very full. even, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is concentrated with rich, ripe, aromatic blackberry and black plum fruits forming an intense core. Dark herbs, spices, black pepper, and violetty floral elements unfold lending excellent piquant detail and interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front with soft and densely concentrated ripe fruit flavours of blackberries and black plums. Layers of spices, pepper, blue fruits and violet florals emerge. Considerable fine-grained powdery tannin extraction provides the balancing textures to the fleshy fruit, and the palate flows with discreet underlying acidity, leading to an elegant, tightly bound, lingering finish. This is a very ripe, softly concentrated, aromatic, black fruited Syrah with aromatic detail and fine tannin structure. Match with slow-cooked lamb and game meat dishes over the next 7-9 years. Hand-picked Syrah fruit comprising a range of clones from different sites, including a small portion of Viognier, fermented with 25% whole bunches to 12.7% alc., the wine aged 14 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques. 19.0/20 Jan 2015 RRP $35.00

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