Unison Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 25-Mar-2013
Very full, dense, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour. The bouquet is full and firmly packed with aromas of very ripe black fruits and dark plums, harmoniously entwined with liquorice, black pepper, spices, and fragrant cedary oak that unfolds in waves. Full-bodied, the palate has immense presence, but the flavours are stylishly restrained initially. Ripe black berry fruits, plums and liquorice build in richness and succulence. Layers of spices and black pepper unfold, revealing chocolate and cedar. The mouthfeel is harmonious, rounded and soft, but the extraction is powerful, with very fine-grained, powdery tannins becoming a feature. The acidity is soft, with alcoholic power driving the palate to a very long, lingering, dry, textured finish nuanced with soy sauce, liquorice and peppery flavours. This is a rich, ripe Syrah with harmonious waves of flavour and significant extraction and plenty of weight. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 8-10+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Unison’ vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 24 months in 30% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Mar 2013 RRP $48.00

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