Our Wines

The Original Syrah 2014


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. With The Original Syrah we have used just a single barrel of wine to make a super premium wine, which has been made from fruit picked from the oldest parcel of vines. This wine has only been made twice, once in 2009 and again in 2014.

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Colour: Deep, dense ruby colour.
Aromatics: Warm black fruit aromas, with nutmeg, cinnamon and anise.
Palate: A ripe, dense flavour profile with rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, cedar and sweet spice with touches of leather, pepper and liquorice and a great tannic structure. The wine has a very long, smooth, finish. Will reward cellaring.

Technical Info

Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road.
Variety: Syrah.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 12th April 2014.
Vinification: Fermented in open-top stainless steel fermenters. Wild ferment. Hand plunged two times daily. Post fermentation soak for two to three weeks followed by maturation in barrel.
Maturation: Matured in a new French oak barrique for 18 months.
Bottled: 17th December 2015.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Production: 300 bottles.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.

Additional Information
Weight 1.3 kg