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 mocha 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 between 12th and 20th April 2019.
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.
Bottled: 22nd January 2021.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Closure: Natural Cork.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.
96 points. Dense, well-structured syrah with plum, raspberry, cocoa powder, black pepper and chocolate-mocha flavours. It has the power and intensity of a long-distance runner while a core of sweet, ripe fruit flavours allow it to be appreciated now. 26 FEB 2021
Michael Cooper Super Classic Wine of NZ
Certified organic, the extremely youthful 2019 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Roy's Hill, hand-picked and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Full-coloured, with a fresh, spicy fragrance, it is full-bodied, with concentrated, vibrant plum, spice and black-pepper flavours, finely integrated oak adding complexity, and refined, supple tannins. Best drinking 2024+.
18.5/20. Powerful dark flavours of blackberries,
Omega plums and savoury spice shine in
this two-year-old Syrah, made with grapes
from the first in a trio of outstanding dry,
sunny, warm vintages in Hawke’s Bay.
This intense Syrah has flavour notes of
pepper, spice and a fresh earthiness that
come through in a smooth, complex and
full-bodied style. It’s certified organic,
drinks well now and can age superbly for
a decade or more.
96 points. Alluring, complex bouquet with aromas of aged meats and white pepper, a core of dark currants and dried raspberry, some chocolate and dark baking spices, smoke and dusty gravelly soils. On the palate - equally complex, fruity and dry. Flavours mirror the nose with firm chalky tannins, pepper and contrasting acidity. A delicious wine with flavours of beetroot chocolate cake, aged meats, raspberry and violets, stony mineral and oak. Best drinking from 2022 through 2030.