6 paCK, 750ml BOTTLES, $53.99 EACH
Craggy Range Winery
Hawke's Bay, north island, New Zealand
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.
Deepest red with a vibrant purple hue. So much lift and perfume. Violets, lavender and maraschino cherries lift from the glass. The palate has hallmarks of the gravels in graphite and black pepper. However, the succulence of fruit and beauty of the fruit speaks to that of a truly iconic vintage.
92 Points, Vinous
While this is a midweight style, it packs a lot of fruit in its delicate frame. This is the first vintage under Australian Julian Grounds and he has gently extracted this Syrah as if it were a Pinot Noir. Expect a finely aromatic, silken texture with delightful agave-like flavors, pepper, black olive and blackberry fruit. The finish has attractive sap, sinew and fragrance. Gorgeous now for its youthful vivacity but will mellow and provide appeal for at least 5-8 years.