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. The Reserve Syrah is our flagship wine.
Colour: Deep, dense ruby colour.
Aromatics: A complex bouquet with black and red fruit, sweet spice and vanilla.
Palate: Rich black fruit flavours, sweet spice and a hint of chocolate are complemented by fine grained tannins, balancing acidity and a long finish.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 16th and 20th 2018.
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 over 18 months (30% new).
Bottled: 15th January 2020.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Closure: Natural Cork.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.
96 points. Medium deep crimson. Lovely gentle wine with raspberry, black cherry mulberry fruits with light black pepper sage notes. Chocolaty textured wine with deep set raspberry, black cherry, mulberry fruits, plentiful fine velvety tannins, attractive mid palate viscosity and savoury oak complexity. Finishes velvety smooth and long. Very good wine. 13%
95 points. Dense, elegant syrah with plum, dark berry, black pepper, anise and nutty oak flavours. A backbone of firm, ripe tannins is balanced by a core of fruit sweetness. A powerful, linear red that has a promising future. 24/2/2020
Certified organic, the very ageworthy 2018 vintage (5*) was hand-picked from vines planted at Roys Hill in 1984 and matured for over 18 months in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is perfumed and vibrantly fruity, with concentrated blackcurrant and spice flavours, showing good complexity, fresh acidity and fine, supple tannins. It needs time; open 2023+. This wine is a Super Classic.
95 points. Totally seductive bouquet with aromas of fresh raspberries and red velvet cake, dark rose and fresh blackberries. Dark spices of clove and vanilla from toasty French oak then crushed gravel soils . On the palate - firm textures from ripe abundant tannins, medium++ acidity and a forceful core of ripe red berry fruits. Complex and seductive, fresh and vibrant, balanced, youthful and well made. A totally delicious wine with a lengthy detailed finish. Drink now and through 2025.
Michael Cooper Super Classic Wine of NZ