"Chalk Ridge" Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013
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NZ $26.60
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"Chalk Ridge" Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013

GOLD MEDAL - "The essense of Hawkes Bay syrah"
Winemakers Notes
This wine is based on our Chalk Ridge block, just to the south of Havelock North. It is a steep, north facing amphitheatre that is strewn with fossilised limestone. A dash of Viognier from the same block (0.89%) was co-fermented with the Syrah to add fragrance and to help fix the colour. A small amount of Gimblett Gravels Syrah was also included to add more complexity. The wine spent around 12 months in new and seasoned French oak before assemblage and bottling on 7th October 2014. .
Alc 14%
Acid 6.5 g/L
Res sugar 3.0 g/L
pH 3.53

Tasting Notes
Colour: A beautiful deep purple/red, with a dense, dark core and bright, flashing purple rim.
Bouquet: The essence of Hawkes Bay Syrah: masses of black fruits, a touch of pepper, some meatiness and lovely, savoury oak.
Palate: A beautifully structured wine. Medium to full bodied with silken tannins and great length. The fruit in the mid palate lasts and lasts.

Already approachable, but we expect this wine to cellar for a number of years.
Food Matches
The soft tannins, ripe fruit flavours, black pepper and spice make this wine a great accompaniment to many meat dishes such as lamb, venison, beef and game. The bolder and more complex style means that it will stand up to richer flavours and accompaniments. 
Suggested wine list description
A rich and full-bodied wine full of dark fruit flavours with lashings of black pepper and a long savoury finish.
Independent Reviewer’s Comment
"Dark and supple, with strong plum, blackcurrant and spice flavours and gentle tannins. Full-bodied, sweet-fruited and floral. Delicious young." Winestate Magazine.
GOLD MEDAL NZ International Wine Show, Sept 2015
Four Stars/Best Buy Cuisine Magazine, July 2015
Four Stars Winestate Magazine, August 2015

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