Vidal ‘Legacy’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Aug-2017
Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and voluminous with firmly concentrated and deep aromas of ripe blackberry fruit melded with iron-earth and black mineral notes. Black and violet florals unfold, with spice and liquorice elements, black plums and a suggestion of funky reductive mineral complexity. Full-bodied and powerfully presented on the palate, this is solidly concentrated, near-sturdy, but retaining style. The fruit is particularly dense and concentrated, lending remarkable body, weight and presence. The flavours of well-ripened black berried fruits, iron-earth, plums and liquorice are complexed by spice nuances, and show with richness, succulence and lusciousness. The fruit sweetness is balanced by very fine-grained, powdery tannins with considerable extract. The palate caries to a very long, lingering finish. This is a wine for the next 12-15 years. 100% Syrah, 67% from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and 33% from the ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 32 days on skins and aged 18 months in 38% new French oak barriques. 500 cases made. 19.5+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $74.99 Full, very dark, deep, impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is very powerfully packed and concentrated with deep and dense aromas of very ripe blackberry and black plum fruit, with layers of raspberries and violet florals, along with lifted exotic, spicy oak. The aromatics are rich and vibrant. Medium-full bodied, the palate is succulently sweet and bursting with vibrancy, with blackberry and black plum fruit, along with notes of liquorice, exotic florals and spicy oak. The palate possesses a degree of elegance and proportion, with great drive and linearity, with considerable fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction with integrated acidity lending energy. The palate carries with vitality and liveliness unfolding spicy and nutty oak, leading to a very long and sustained finish. This is a rich, vibrant and concentrated Syrah with a well-proportioned palate of ripe black fruits, spices, florals and exotic oak, with considerable power, structure and linearity. 100% Syrah, 67% from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and 33% from the ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 32 days on skins and aged 18 months in 38% new French oak barriques. 500 cases made. 19.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $80.00 Very dark, full, near saturated black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is tight and concentrated with rich and sweetly ripe aromas of black berried fruits and black plums with a fine and integrated amalgam of black pepper, and black and violet florals, unveiling subtle layers of spicy and nutty oak and nuance of iron-earth. This is beautifully proportioned and refined in expression. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is tightly bound but clearly rich and succulent, showing flavours of ripe blackberries and black plums with hints of blueberries along with liquorice melded with black pepper, iron-earth and subtle black florals. This has a concentrated core with linear drive and energy, the fruit balanced by fine-grained, significant tannin structure and fresh, integrated acidity. The wine flows with textural finesse and succulence, leading to a long and sustained, vibrant finish. This is a concentrated Syrah with ripe black fruits along with complex black pepper and iron-earth nuances balanced by fine structure. Match with lamb, beef and venison and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 8-10+ years. 100% Syrah, 67% from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and 33% from the ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 32 days on skins and aged 18 months in 38% new French oak barriques. 500 cases made. 19.5/20 Jun 2016 RRP $79.99

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