Vidal ‘Legacy’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Aug-2017
Very dark, deep ruby-red with black hues. The bouquet is very fine and elegant in expression, showing finesse and style. This has beautifully ripened blackberry and dark raspberry fruit, along with subtle notes of black pepper, Asian spices and violet florals. With aeration the concentration grows, and unfolds black bruits melded with earth and black minerals. This is pure and complete with great clarity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is firmly packed with an amalgam of ripe black fruits, Asian spices, violet florals and iron-earth nuances. The tannin extraction is very fine-grained and flowery, and there is an underlying freshness and line of acidity adding to the vibrancy and stylishness. Liquorice and black pepper flavours emerge, and the wine flows seamlessly with excellent energy and tension to a very long finish. This is a wine of refinement finesse and wonderful purity and clarity. This will keep 8-10 years. 100% Syrah from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 20 months in 40% new French oak. 10 barriques made. 19.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $N/A Full, very dark, purple-hued black-ruby colour. This has a rich and full nose with blossoming layers of sweetly ripe blackberry and black plum aromas, harmoniously melded with black pepper, Asian spices and violet and black florals, along with integrated spicy, cedary and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features densely packed and harmoniously entwined, opulent and decadent flavours of ripe blackberry fruits, plums and liquorice, unfolding waves of black pepper, chocolate and cedary oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft-textured, quite complete in expression, with seamless, underlying tannins and structure that builds in presence. The sweet fruit and oak flavours prevail and flow effortlessly to a sustained finish with spices, cedar and considerable depth and presence. This is a very rich, decadent and densely packed, complete Syrah with ripe black berr and plum fruits, and layers of spice and cedary flavours. Match with Middle Eastern fare, and lamb, beef and venison over the next 10-12 years. 100% Syrah from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 40% new French oak. 19.5-/20 Oct 2015 RRP $79.99

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