Wine Advocate Issue #197. Oct 2011. Aged in French oak barriques, 31% new, for 15 months, the 2009 Gimblett Gravels Syrah casts a deep garnet-purple color and pronounced black cherry, blackberry and black plum aromas with an edge of pepper and baking spices. Crisp, medium bodied and well supported with firm, chewy tannins, it offers just enough fruit in the mouth marked by refreshing acid and finishing long. Drinking now, it should cellar through 2016.
- Country: New Zealand
- Wine Region: Hawkes Bay
- Wine Maker: Steve Smith
- Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 13.7%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
A dark garnet core illuminated by vibrant crimson hues. Aromas of crushed rock, black doris plums, liquorice and a hint of camphor combine for a complex bouquet. The palate is packed with taut, yet fine tannins matched by focused fruit flavours of dark cherry, oak spice and site derived black pepper notes adding to a long finish.
Tasted Oct 2011 - From 'a heritage clone that was brought to New Zealand more than 150 years ago'. 16 months in barriques. Silly heavy bottle but attractive black pepper aromas plus ripeness. Dry and sinewy on the finish - shades of Côte Rôtie. Very sappy and appetising. A very light touch here - so much the better. Cleansing and appetising. Very light tannins. Just very sligltly raw at present. But you could drink this with fish. Long.
This is a single vineyard wine from the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke’s Bay. Bought from a tiny bottle shop in nearby (to the vineyard) town of Napier. Clearly identifiable as Hawke’s Bay syrah. Lots of white pepper and boysenberry, black cherry and woodsmoke. Edgy, sulphury notes. Good length. Not a huge amount of depth or presence but a most pleasurable drinking experience.
Few wines manage to be rich (big, mouth-filling and mellow) and vibrant (tangy, bright, fresh and full of energy) but Craggy Range Syrah somehow manages it. The result is a Syrah that's choc-full of ripe berry flavours and shot through with tangy spices. It's big, quite complex and very satisfying.
Floral, finely textured Hawke’s Bay red. Rich, purple-flushed hue. Weighty and intensely varietal, with fresh, concentrated, blackcurrant and spice flavours and ripe, supple tannins. Full of potential.
This is stunning. The bouquet is beautifully perfumed, displaying blue/blackberry, floral, game and spice notes with elegantly infused cedary oak. It's concentrated, succulent and supple on the palate with velvety texture, finishing extremely long, backed by plenty of cushioned tannins. A young beauty showing excellent harmony and integration, making it so approachable now but will no doubt age with grace.
Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, bright and youthful in appearance. This has a very fine, soft and penetrating bouquet combining fresh black berry and peppery fruit, lifted with violetty floral elements, and spiced with liquorice and toasty oak char and nuances of bacon. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, bright black berry fruits with black pepper and Asian spice flavours show excellent depth. Apricot and floral notes show with fresh acidity, and the palate is underscored by very fine tannins that provide a dry and refined mouthfeel. This has a very long finely textured finish. Match this elegant, spicy and finely structured Syrah with Asian duck and Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 6-7+ years.
Yvonne Lorkin - “The colour of this wine is insane, it’s impenetrably purple black, like glossy squid ink or something. It’s going to take you ages to actually sip this wine because it smells so gorgeous and every sniff reveals something different. Cocoa, cracked pepper, blackberry, violets, plum, liquorice, coffee, iodine and graphite. In the mouth it’s plush, slippery and incredibly elegant, and it has supple, stretchy tannins and a long, smoky finish. Great drinking now but will develop beautifully in the next five years.”
Destemmed 100%. Fermentation vessel : Stainless steel and French oak cuves. Fermentation : Innoculated Barrel Type : French oak barriques. New Barrel % : 40%. Maturation : 18 months. Fining : No. Filtration : Yes.