DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL | Six Nations Wine Challenge 2018
FIVE STARS 19/20 | Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
95 POINTS | Bob Campbell
94 POINTS | Steven Spurrier
Elephant Hill's Stone Syrah sits in their 'Earth, Sea and Stone' range which highlights exceptional parcels of fruit from their three sub-region vineyards within Hawke's Bay. From their Gimblett Gravels site, Stone syrah is rich and concentrated with dark berry notes and peppery spice. A very special wine that will cellar for 10 years or more.
Raymond Chan writes "Full, near impenetrable, black-hued ruby-red colour with some garnet tints on the rim. The bouquet is well-proportioned with tightly packed and densely concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry fruit integrated with a layering of iron-earth minerals, unveiling hints of liquorice, black pepper and suggestions of spices and violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is succulently sweet and rich with ripe flavours of blackberries, along with subtle notes of plums and boysenberries, liquorice, Asian spices, black pepper and underlying iron-earth minerals at the core. The palate is rich, plush and concentrated, and underlined by considerable fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction and structure. The acidity is integrated, adding to the rounded heart. The flavours carry with plenty of drive, power and energy to a long, softly full, lingering finish. This is a rich, fulsome Syrah with ripe blackberry fruit with plum, liquorice, pepper and spice notes with an iron-earth underlay, with considerable fine tannin extraction and structure."
The winery writes "Intense and concentrated ripeness, it has a tight knit structure and a sense of place that will last long into future. This wine is rich and dense with dary berried fruits, black pepper, spice and nutty oak aromas."
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