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Reserve Syrah 2020 (40th Anniversary label)


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.

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Colour: Deep, dense ruby colour.
Aromatics: A complex bouquet with black and red fruit together with sweet spice.
Palate: Black fruit flavours, spice and vanilla are complemented by fine grained tannins.

Technical Info

Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Variety: Syrah.
Harvest: Hand harvested between 18th April 2000.
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 (60% new).
Bottled: 26th January 2022.
Analysis: Alc 13,5% vol.
Closure: Natural Cork.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.

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Weight 1.3 kg

95 points. A selection of the best barrels from 38-year-old vines and a top vintage. Deep, dark, dense syrah with cassis, dark berry, dark-fleshed plum, pepper, spices and nutty oak flavours. Can be appreciated now but should develop well with bottle age. 17/3/2022

Bob Campbell


95 points. Outstanding, Deep opaque appearance with a core of dark purple moving to a lighter purple and ruby rim. Aromas and flavours of baked raspberry and doris plums, a raw wild meats quality alongside toasty barrel scents emphaises anise and clove with a smoky oak and vanilla complexity. Delicious, salivating, taut, youthful and ripe. A wine with texture and concentraion, dark berries and baked rasberry flavours, firm tanins and a back bone of acidity. A great core with concentration, dark berries and firm with oak and texture, acidity and length. A wine that will develop and age well through 2030.

Cameron Douglas


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.

Cameron Douglas