Vidal ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 22-Sep-2017
Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with intense and tightly bound aromas showing finesse and depth of ripe blackberry fruit with black plums, liquorice and subtle spice and florals. The fruit is restrained and soft, but there is underlying concentration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and well-proportioned with ripe, well-packed and dense fruit flavours of blackberry fruit and black plums, along with hints of black pepper and iron-earth minerals. The fruit richness is matched by plenty of fine tannin grip and tannin extraction providing good structure. The acidity is integrated, and the wine flows positively to a dense, rounded finish. This is a deep and dense, well-proportioned, balanced Syrah with ripe black fruits and plenty of structure that slightly dominates. Keep this 7-8+ years. Syrah fruit, two-thirds from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and one-third from the ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 17 month in 33% new French oak barrels. 18.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $24.99 Full, near saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is very fresh, with firmly concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with notes of liquorice and black pepper, unfolding nuances of spices, florals and dame and black mineral detail. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and juicy flavours of blackberries, plums and liquorice forming an elegantly concentrated, fine-textured heart, unfolding nuances of spices, florals and minerals. The mouthfeel possesses fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated, balanced acidity, and the wine flows smoothly to a restrained, nuanced finish of black fruits and minerals. This is an elegantly concentrated, sweet-fruited Syrah with blackberry, plum, liquorice and black pepper flavours on a fine-textured palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. Syrah fruit, two-thirds from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and one-third from the ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 17 month in 33% new French oak barrels. 18.0+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $24.99

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