Elephant Hill ‘Airavata’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-May-2018
Impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is very taut and concentrated with intense and very refined aromas of ripe black berrioed fruitd along with a very fine amalgam of Asian spices intermixed with violet florals and black, iron-earth minerals. This has beauty, finesse and intensity, and reveals great aromatic character with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has powerful and concentrated rich and ripe blackberry fruit along with dark raspberry elements, black plums, liquorice, savoury Asian spices and an array of black-red and violet florals unfolding a little tar and iron-earth minerals. The fruit forms a fine and concentrated core, all underlined by considerable tannin structure, quite powdery and refined in texture. This has great linearity and the density absorbs the acidity. The flavours carry with real drive to a long, lingering finish of black fruits, spices and iron-earth. This is an impressively taut, refined and concentrated Syrah with rich black fruits, spices and minerals with very fine-grained structure. Serve with lamb, venison and game meat dishes over the next 15-20 years. Syrah fruit with 2% Viognier, two-thirds from the Gimblett and one-third from the Te Awanga vineyards, fermented with approx. 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 26 months in 71% new French oak. 149 dozen made. 19.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $120.00 Very dark, deep, impenetrable black-red with purple hues, youthful in appearance. This has a huge, massively concentrated, and powerfully intense nose, packed with ripe black berried and plum fruits with liquorice and Asian spices, a fine iron-earth mineral layer and reductive complexities and detail. Layers of fruits, spices and minerals unfold, the interest overflowing. This has immense density and depth, and makes a bold and powerful statement. Full-bodied, the fruit is extremely rich, sweet and succulent, quite lush with ripe black berried fruits, now revealing a little savoury complexity of dried herb and earth to the layers of spice and minerals. The extraction is enormous, but balanced by the fruit richness, and refined by the powdery tannin textures. with integrated, seamless acidity lending a degree of finesse. There is no doubt this is stupendous wine, just developing some edgy savoury complexities. This will develop over the next 15-20 years. Syrah fruit with 2% Viognier, two-thirds from the Gimblett and one-third from the Te Awanga vineyards, fermented with approx. 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 26 months in 71% new French oak. 149 dozen made. 19.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $120.00

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