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 three times; in 2009, 2014 and 2018.
Colour: Deep, dense ruby colour.
Aromatics: Warm black fruit aromas, with nutmeg, cinnamon and anise.
Palate: A dense flavour profile with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, cedar and sweet spice with touches of leather and pepper plus a great tannic structure, which will mellow with age. The wine has a long finish. Will reward cellaring.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 9th April 2018.
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 single new French barrel for over 18 months.
Bottled: 15th January 2020.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.
Certified organic, the highly refined 2018 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from a row of vines planted in 1984 and matured in a single French oak barrel. Only two previous vintages have been made (2009 and 2014). Full-coloured, it is very graceful, with strong, youthful, plummy, spicy flavours, vigorous, finely textured and harmonious. Still a baby, it demands cellaring; open 2023+.
94 points. A powerful bouquet, varietal, spicy, smoky, fruity and youthful. Flavours of raspberry and dark berries an there’s no mistaking the power of oak and fruit intensity with a core of peppery spice and meat, field mushroom and stony baked soil earthy layers. On the palate - a dry, intense wine with a core of dark berry fruit flavours, clove and dark spice, pepper and smoky oak. Youthful and needs decanting for service. Best drinking from 2021 through 2025+.
96 points. From the original syrah vines, claimed to be the oldest in the country. Only made in top vintages, this is the third time it has been produced. Only one barrel made. Dense, fruity wine with dark berry, cassis, anise, pepper, spice, floral, violet and spicy oak flavours. A pristine wine that's beautifully balanced and with a promising future. 14/3/2020. Drink 2020 to 2028