Our Wines

The Original Syrah 2020


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.

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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.

Technical Info

Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Mere Road.
Variety: Syrah.
Harvest: Hand harvested on 7th April 2020.
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: 26th January 2022.
Analysis: Alc 13% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 7-9 years.

Additional Information
Weight 1.3 kg

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Certified organic, the notably refined 2020 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from a row of vines planted in 1984 and matured for over 18 months in a single new French oak barrel. Bright ruby, it is floral, mouthfilling and supple, with concentrated red berry and spice flavours, a vague hint of liquorice, gentle tannins and a lasting, savoury finish. Very finely textured and harmonious, it's still a baby and should flourish for a decade – maybe longer.

Michael Cooper