Stonecroft has the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand. These vines were rescued by the founder of Stoncroft, Dr. Alan Limmer, from the Te Kauwhata Research station and planted at Stonecroft in 1984. We still have the original row of vines and fruit from some of these vines is used in our Reserve Syrah. This is our flagship wine.
Colour: Deep, dense ruby colour.
Aromatics: A complex bouquet with red and black fruit, mocha, sweet spice and vanilla.
Palate: This is a selection of the best Syrah barrels from the vintage. It has flavours of raspberry, cranberry and blackcurrant with good tannins balancing acidity and a long smooth finish. A wine which deserves to be cellared.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road and Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 7th and 22nd April 2016.
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
Maturation: Matured in French oak barriques for 20 months (40% new).
Bottled: 22nd January February 2018.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.
2019 NZ Organic Wine Awards Champion Syrah of Show
Michael Cooper Classic Wine of NZ
Certified organic, the 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at two sites, hand-picked and matured for 16 months in French oak casks (40 per cent new). Built to last, it is a lovely young wine, full-coloured, fragrant, concentrated and supple, with plum, blackcurrant and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Best drinking 2021+.
Even, dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is softly full and voluminous, initially a little restrained, but unfolding to show ripe blackberry fruit entwined with black plums and dark raspberries, with liquorice and Asian spices, revealing black pepper and soft violet floral detail. This is stylishly concentrated. Medium-bodied, the palate is deeply concentrated with densely packed flavours of rich, ripe blackberry fruit with notes of black and red plums, dark raspberries and violet floral elements. A layer of black pepper, Asian spices and iron-earth minerals add complexity. The fruit is melded with very fine-grained flowery tannin structure with integrated acidity, and the fruit flavours blossom with lusciousness, carrying to a long, concentrated finish. This is rich, elegantly concentrated Syrah with blackberry and plum fruit, along with spices, florals and complex iron-earth notes on a very fine-grained, but considerably structured palate. Match with casseroles and roasted game meat over the next 10 years. A selection of the best barrels from the vintage. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Mere Road’ and ‘Roys Hill’ sites, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 2-3 weeks on skins post ferment and aged 20 months in 40% new French oak barriques. 110 cases made. Ceritfied AsureQuality organic. 19.0-/20 Nov 2018
95 points. Smoky, peppery, dark red berries, raspberry and black currant, brown spices, toasty wood and smoked meats. There’s a layer of gravelly dry stone earthy qualities and baked field mushroom. Dry, weighty, fruity and complex. Also quite youthful with a firm structure of tannin and acidity, newish oak then a core of fruit reflecting the aromas package. Decant for service with best drinking from late 2020 through 2026.
Certified organic, the very youthful 2015 vintage (5*) was harvested from estate-grown vines, including the region's first Syrah plantings in 1984. Matured for 18 months in French oak casks (60 per cent new), it is dark and fragrant, with rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum, spice and liquorice flavours, showing excellent concentration and complexity, fine-grained tannins and a lasting finish. Open 2019+.
Stonecroft ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
Dark, deep ruby-red with black hues. The nose is rich, ripe, voluminous and complex with layers of fruit, subtle notes of oak, earth, whole bunch (?) stalk, and black pepper. Powerfully rich with ripe black and dark red fruits on palate, with a range of expression, along with complex herb and earth elements. The palate has very fine extraction and fresh acid vitality and vibrancy. Quite complete. 60% new oak. (19.5/20)
95 points. Intense yet reserved, varietal and ripe, soft pepper spices, no mistaking the oak - yet not overdone, complex and intriguing bouquet. On the palate - a tense, youthful and dry wine packed with flavour and complexity, youthful and poise. Dark berry fruit flavours, toasty and spicy oak, plenty of acidity and tannins to match, long finish, just beginning to unfold. One to watch, one to cellar.