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
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.