This enticingly fragrant Syrah from the renowned Gimblett Gravels region in Hawkes Bay shows aromas of violets, dark rose and underlying spice. Elegantly balanced, this wine is finely textured and has a long, concentrated finish. An exceptional wine that will age well over time.
Destemmed and crushed: 100%
Cap management: Combination of hand plunging and pumping over
Fermentation vessels: Open and closed top fermenters
Fermentation temperature: 30-34˚C
Time on skins: 20-25 days
Maturation: 20 months in French barrique; 33% new
Fining: Minimal egg white
Bottled: 30 March 2011
Region: Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Varieties: 100% Syrah
Total acidity: 6.79gL
Residual sugar: Nil
Fruit for this wine was grown entirely in the Gimblett Gravels grape growing district 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, lean sites combined with meticulous vineyard management and the warm growing season of 2011 have produced a wine of international standard showing intensity, texture and depth of flavour.
“This was an outstanding Gimblett Gravels vintage. A warm, dry season defined by an extended maturation period and drier than long term average conditions allowed the harvest of fruit at optimal flavour, balance and condition. ”