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.