This enticingly fragrant Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District shows aromatics of violet, blueberry, herb garden, and underlying spice. The concentrated and refined palate of dark red berry and plum combine with savoury oak complexity. Elegantly balanced, and finely textured with chalky tannins this wine finishes long. Distinct and age-worthy.
Destemmed and crushed: 100% destemmed with a small portion of whole berry
Cap management: Hand plunged - peak temperature 34° Celsius
Fermentation Vessel: Open top fermenters
Maturation: 20 months in French barrique; 43% new
Bottled: 11th March 2018, 350 dozen Barriques made: 14
Cellaring Potential: 10-12+ years
Varieties: 100% Syrah
Total acidity: 6.24gL
Residual sugar: Nil
Vineyards: Omahu Gravels (50%) and Twyford Gravels (50%) handpicked 8th & 17th April
Vine age: 18 years
Yields: 33 HL/HA
Clones: Waldron & MS
2016 continued the four year run of strong Hawkes Bay vintages. spring and early summer (December) were cooler than normal with Growing Degree Days falling below the longterm average. This cooler start was punctuated by a very warm ripening period up to harvest - the warmest since the very hot 1998 vintage. Settled harvest conditions allowed
picking decisions to be based purely on flavour and balance. Early season “green harvesting” to reduce yields and improve quality, combined with meticulous canopy management throughout the season have rewarded us with ideal ripeness, flavour development,
concentration and tannin maturity.
Fruit for this wine was grown entirely in our premium Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District vineyards where the soil is made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel with varying degrees of silt and sand. These naturally free-draining, low vigour and “lean”
sites combined with detailed vineyard knowledge and the ideal growing season of 2016 have produced a wine of international standard showing intensity, texture and depth of flavour.
“96/100 - Bob Campbell MW”