2018 Syrah

Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay
Family Collection

$39.95

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The vines originate from a Heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand around 150 years ago. Produced from the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels, this distinct Syrah shows an aromatic lift of floral and pepper aromatics with lushness and elegance on the palate.
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Tasting Notes

Deepest red with a vibrant purple hue. Beautiful aromatics of violet, dark rose, freshly cracked pepper and boysenberry. Wonderful fruit purity on the palate balanced with precise acidity and fine, dusty tannins for a long, elegant finish.

Food Match
Roasted garlic and thyme lamb rack, squid ink linguine

Recommended Cellaring
7 to 12 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry summer, wet final ripening period

Brix
22.5 average

Production Level
61 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top stainless steel tanks

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
25%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Oct-19

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
12.9

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.56

Acidity
5.1 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deepest red with a vibrant purple hue. Beautiful aromatics of violet, dark rose, freshly cracked pepper and boysenberry. Wonderful fruit purity on the palate balanced with precise acidity and fine, dusty tannins for a long, elegant finish.

Food Match
Lamb & venison dishes

Recommended Cellaring
7 to 12 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry summer, wet final ripening period

Brix
23.1 average

Production Level
41 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top stainless steel tanks

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
18%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov – 18

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
12.9

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.61

Acidity
5.9 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deepest red with a vibrant purple hue. Beautiful aromatics of violet, dark rose, freshly cracked pepper and boysenberry. Wonderful fruit purity on the palate balanced with precise acidity and fine, dusty tannins for a long, elegant finish.

Food Match
Lamb & venison dishes

Recommended Cellaring
7 to 12 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
El Niño. Cool and wet start with a warm finish to summer.

Brix
23.1 average

Production Level
49 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top stainless steel tanks

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
20%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov – 17

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.2

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.56

Acidity
5.8 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep red with a vibrant purple hue. Fresh aromas of blueberry and boysenberry meld with complex hints of baking spices, sage and lavender. The wine glides across the palate with a denseness and elegance to the black fruited core along with complimentary fine, dusty tannins, typical of the red wines from the Gimblett Gravels.

Food Match
Lamb and venison

Recommended Cellaring
7 – 12 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and early, excellent

Brix
22.7 average

Production Level
43 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
15%

Destemmed
85%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top stainless steel tanks

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
25%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-16

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.6

Acidity
6.1 g/l

Tasting Notes

Inky purple red with a vibrant hue. Aromatically expressive with notes of boysenberry, lavender , sandalwood and freshly cracked pepper. The palate has a lovely round feel of ripe fleshy fruit and an elegant line of fine minerally tannins, finishing dry.

Food Match
Lamb and venison

Recommended Cellaring
6 – 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and early, excellent

Brix
23.7 average

Production Level
52 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
10%

Destemmed
90%

Fermentation Vessel
Open and closed top stainless steel tanks

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
26%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Dec-15

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.76

Acidity
5.8 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep red with vibrant purple hues. Complex aromatics of boysenberry, black pepper, cedar, anise and garrigue herbs. The palate is beautifully poised with the richness and dark berry ripeness balanced with fine acidity and superb fine minerally tannins, finishing dry and long.

Food Match
Lamb and venison

Recommended Cellaring
 8 – 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry, excellent

Brix
23.5 average

Production Level
51 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
90%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
5%

Destemmed
95%

Fermentation Vessel
Open and closed top stainless steel tanks

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
22%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Dec-14

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.61

Acidity
6.0 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep darkest red. Lifted aromatics of lavender, blueberries, subtle oak and a hint of cocoa. The palate is elegant, refreshing and long. Expressive black fruits and fine dusty tannins meld to provide great harmony.

Food Match
Lamb

Recommended Cellaring
3 to 7 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Cool and wet, late ripening

Brix
21.1 average

Production Level
43 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Stainless steel & french oak cuves

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
22%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-13

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
12.8

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.7

Acidity
5.4 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep dark purple colour. Complex aromatics of black currants, wooden spices, cocoa and clay. The palate is rich with sweet dark fruits framed by lovely balanced acidity and fine grainy tannins.

Food Match
Lamb

Recommended Cellaring
5 to 8 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm, LaNiña Summer

Brix
21.7 average

Production Level
63 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
40%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Stainless steel

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
22%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Dec-12

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
12.5

Residual Sugar
<1 g/l

pH
3.65

Acidity
5.1 g/l

Tasting Notes

Ripe fresh cherry melds with floral honeysuckle and lavender notes and black pepper. The satin like texture gives way to fleshy, vibrant blueberry fruit. The palate finishes with some charcoal and flint to add mineral interest and complexity.

Food Match
Venison

Recommended Cellaring
7 to 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Cool and dry

Brix
22.8 average

Production Level
60 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Stainless steel

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
25%

Maturation
16 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Dec-11

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.4

Residual Sugar
<1 g/l

pH
3.7

Acidity
5.7 g/l

Tasting Notes

Very dark colour with vibrant crimson hues. This wine aromatically abounds with trademark characters of blueberry, aniseed, lavender and black pepper. The firm tannin give way and melt in the presence of ripe fruit flavours. The palate flows effortlessly to a long finish. A vintage to savour.

Food Match
Wild fowl or game dishes

Recommended Cellaring
Up to 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Sunny and warm, outstanding

Brix
23.4 average

Production Level
36 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Stainless steel

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
31%

Maturation
15 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Dec-10

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.7

Residual Sugar
<2 g/l

pH
3.69

Acidity
6.0 g/l

Tasting Notes

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 focussed fruit flavours of dark cherry, oak spice and site derived black pepper notes adding to a long finish.

Food Match
Wild fowl, game or lamb

Recomemnded Cellaring
Up to 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Warm and dry, very good

Brix
23.7 average

Production Level
62 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Stainless steel and French oak cuves

Fermentation
Inoculated

Barrel Type
French oak barriques

New Barrel %
40%

Maturation
18 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-09

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.7

Residual Sugar
<2 g/l

pH
3.8

Acidity
5.6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep red colour with vivid purple hues. An array of characters such as lavender, black pepper, black cherry and spices combine for an intense and complex bouquet. The palate possesses fine layers of tannin with a ripe mid-palate texture which envelops the rich dark fruits, providing a long generous finish.

Food Match
Wild fowl, game or lamb

Recommended Cellaring
Up to 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
warm, dry, excellent

Brix
23.5 average

Production Level
52 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
No

Destemmed
Yes

Fermentation Vessel
Open top stainless steel and oak cuves

Fermentation
Spontaneous

Barrel Type
French oak

New Barrel %
42%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-08

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.4

Residual Sugar
<2 g/l

pH
3.71

Acidity
5.9 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep red colour with vivid purple hues. An intense array of pepper, black cherry, sandalwood and liquorice notes form a complex nose. The palate is richly textured combining fine layers of tannin and ripe dark fruits with a long, generous finish.

Food Match
Wild fowl, game or lamb

Recommended Cellaring
Up to 10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
warm. very good

Brix
23.4 average

Production Level
65 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
No

Destemmed
Yes

Fermentation Vessel
Open top stainless steel and oak cuves

Fermentation
Spontaneous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
42%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
Yes

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-07

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13.3

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.47

Acidity
6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby with crimson highlights. A complex array of lavender, raspberry, black cherry, sandalwood, and liquorice combine for an intense and complex bouquet. Ripe berry fruits balance with exotic spice flavours through the palate. Sensuous texture and a persistent length of flavour, the hallmarks of this vineyard.

Food Match
Game dishes

Recommended Cellaring
7-10 years of vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Classic red vintage in all aspects

Brix
23.1 average

Production Level
67 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
No

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Open Oak & Stainless Cuve

Fermentation
Spontaneous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
54%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
No

Filtration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-06

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
13

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.61

Acidity
6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Midnight ruby in colour, deeply concentrated. Powerful aromas of damson, blackberry and chocolate are enhanced by fine white pepper and cinnamon, finishing with intense violet florals. Sweet fruit carries through the palate, clean and flowing with an underlying richness. The wine finishes with a haunting memory of fine spice.

Food Match
Game and lamb dishes

Recommended Cellaring
At least 7-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Vintage Detail
Cool, sunny and dry

Brix
23.5-25.2 average

Production Level
66 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
5%

Destemmed
95%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top oak & stainless cuves

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
40%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
Unfined

Filltration
Yes

Bottled
Nov-05

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.1

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.67

Acidity
6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Dense, deep ruby-velvet with bright purple hue indicates youth and intensity of extraction. Lifted and delicate floral notes of violets, lilac and pepper mix with intense blueberry aromas. The palate is fine and supple on entry, with restrained and well integrated oak. Sweet fruit flavours give rise to a firm but balanced structure and impressive length.

Food Match
Game dishes, lamb

Recommended Cellaring
At least 7-10 years of vintage

Vintage Details

Brix
22.8 average

Production Level
34 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top oak & stainless cuves

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
35%

Maturation
15 Months

Fining
Unfined

Filtration
Unfiltered

Bottled
Oct-04

WINE ALCOHOL

Alcohol
13.8

Residual sugar
Nil

pH
3.8

Acidity
6 g/l

Tasting Notes

Dense, deep ruby-velvet with bright purple hue indicates youth and intensity of extraction. Lifted and delicate floral notes of violets and lilac grace the brooding, intense blueberry and cassis typical of this fantastic Syrah vintage. The palate is fine and supple on entry, with sweet fruit giving rise to a firm but balanced structure, hedonistic weight, and impressive persistence.

Food Match
Game dishes, lamb

Recommended Cellaring
At least 7-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Brix
23.8 average

Production Level
34 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
0%

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Open top oak & stainless cuves

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
35%

Maturation
17 months

Fining
Unfined

Filtration
Unfiltered

Bottled
Dec-03

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.3

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.65

Acidity
5.9 g/l

Tasting Notes

Dense, deep ruby-velvet with bright purple hue indicates youth and intensity of extraction. Lifted and delicate floral notes of violets and lilac grace the brooding, intense blueberry and cassis typical of this fantastic Syrah vintage. The palate is fine and supple on entry, with sweet fruit giving rise to a firm but balanced structure, hedonistic weight, and impressive persistence.

Food Match
Game dishes, lamb

Recommended Cellaring
At least 7-10 years from vintage

Vintage Details

Brix
23.6 average

Production Level
18 hl/ha average

Hand Harvested
100%

Winemaking

Whole Bunch
No

Destemmed
100%

Fermentation Vessel
Stainless steel tank

Fermentation
Indigenous

Barrel Type
French Oak

New Barrel %
35%

Maturation
15 months

Fining
Unfined

Filtration
Unfiltered

Bottled
Dec-02

WINE ANALYSIS

Alcohol
14.4

Residual Sugar
Nil

pH
3.5

Acidity
7.16 g/l

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