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2014 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Syrah

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From a cracking vintage in NZ comes this striking Syrah. The nose is so fragrant it could be turned into a perfume - maybe it could be called 'Eau de Craggy Range'. Bucket loads of florals, cherries and spicy aromas rise from the glass, together with a touch of cedar from the oak. The palate is dry, poised and silky-textured with black cherries at the centre, and spice on the finish. It's a lovely wine with a few years ahead of it, so stick some in the cellar and watch it evolve. If not, crack it open now and serve with some nice medium-rare game meat.

Winemaker's 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

Cellaring: 6 - 10 years from vintage

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Syrah

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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
This label (up to and including the 2007 vintage labelled 'Block 14') is overshadowed by the reputation of its stablemate, Le Sol, but proves the power, structure and finesse that can be achieved with Syrah grown in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke's Bay. The 2009 is a tight, youthful wine, matured in French oak barriques (31 per cent new). Deeply coloured, with an enticing fragrance of plums, black pepper and spices, it is floral, rich and savoury, with fresh, intensely varietal plum/spice flavours, firm tannins and good harmony. Open 2013+.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
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Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Really attractive blackberry fruit here. Good ripeness and poise; the clarity is impressive, some spice chimes in and there's more to come in time. The palate rolls in smoothly and then anchors flavour in place with sheets of fine tannin, really pulling deep and wide with elegance and style; impressive wine for the money.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
Louise Radman (2007 Vintage) says
Powerfully scented lavender florals, freshly cracked black pepper & fine-boned cherry pith with cinnamon spice & subtle caramel tones. A stylish & alluring wine of exceptional quality & character that captures the essence of cool climate syrah from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard
95
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
“Fragrant, highly concentrated Hawke’s Bay red with deep, purple-flushed colour. Supple and rich, with intensely varietal, very fresh and vibrant blackcurrant/spice flavours, toasty oak adding complexity and ripe, supple tannins. Generous, harmonious wine, still youthful, but already drinking well.”
2010
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Black pepper, savoury, resinous, Rhône aromas with varying degrees of raspberry/black olive in medium-bodied, elegant moderate tannins low with a dry-oak tannin finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Black pepper, savoury, resinous, Rhône aromas with varying degrees of raspberry/black olive in medium-bodied, elegant moderate tannins low with a dry-oak tannin finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Black pepper, savoury, resinous, Rhône aromas with varying degrees of raspberry/black olive in medium-bodied, elegant moderate tannins low with a dry-oak tannin finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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