Esk Valley Syrah 2016
100% Syrah sourced from the Cornerstone and Omahu Gravels vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District of Hawkes Bay.
Individual hand picked parcels were destemmed to individual 85-year old concrete fermenters and then fermented with a mix of wild and cultured yeasts. Hand plunging was employed for colour and tannin extraction. A period of post-fermentation maceration was employed before the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months.
Showcases a nose of raspberries with peppery undertones. On the palate the wine is mouth-filling, soft with flavours of red berries, jam, pepper and spice, although with an underlying acidity providing freshness and length.
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4.5 STARS & BEST BUY - Cuisine Magazine NZ Syrah Tasting 2017
Cuisine Judging Panel Comments:
"For 27 years, winemaker Gordon Russell has fashioned wines of finesse and easy drinkability at Esk Valley. Juicy in dark and red fruits, middling in body and smooth in mouthfeel, this good-value syrah has excellent balance, with a savoury, pithy finish to keep it appetising."