The name ‘Serine’ came about after speculation over the origin of our oldest Syrah vines, which are the oldest Syrah vines in New Zealand. At one stage, it was thought the clone of Syrah might be Serine. That was never established but the name stuck. We pick our Syrah in a number of different batches, as we have different clones, vineyards and ages of vines. For the Serine Syrah we aim to make a serious wine which will develop in the bottle, but one which does not need to be cellared for years before drinking.
Colour: Deep ruby red colour.
Aromatics: A fruity bouquet with notes of blackcurrant, blueberry and raspberry.
Palate: Rich black fruit flavours together with notes of pepper and spice. It has a smooth finish and will develop further complexity with bottle age.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road and 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.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.
95 points. Aromas of meats and baking spices, forest flowers and wild red berries. Raspberry and blackcurrant, earthy with a fruits core, some pepper and sweet barrel wood aromas. Complex and very enticing. On the palate - satins textures give way to firm tannins and youthful acidity. Flavours of black currant and ripe dark berries then sweet wood and barrel smoked meats. Delicious, but young. Best drinking from late 2021 through 2027+.
Certified organic, the 2019 vintage (4.5*) was grown in the company's Roy's Hill and Mere Road vineyards, hand-picked, and matured for over 18 months in French oak barrels (20 per cent new). It has deep, bright, purple-flushed colour and a scented, spicy bouquet. A strongly varietal, youthful wine, it has vibrant,plum and black-pepper flavours, showing very good density, and obvious cellaring potential. Best drinking 2023+.
18.5/20. Stonecroft Serine Syrah is one of the most impressive full-bodied reds from Hawke’s Bay, made with grapes grown in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, the most famous 800 hectares of stony
vineyard land in the country. Dark fruit flavours of black plums intermingle in this tasty dry wine with aromas of cedar, vanilla, mocha and sweet spice. It drinks well now when decanted but begs to be
aged for at least four to five years to start hitting its more mellow strides.