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. For the Undressed Syrah this year, we set aside a few barrels of Chave clone from the Fernhill Vineyard and did not add any sulphur at bottling. No added sulphites and suitable for vegans.
Colour: Deep ruby red colour.
Aromatics: Dense black fruit together with hints of pepper and sweet spice.
Palate: The wine has black fruit flavours, mocha and notes of spice. It has a smooth finish, and soft tannins. Suitable for vegans and preservative free.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Harvest: Hand harvested.
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 seasoned French oak barrels for 4 months without adding any sulphur (nor was sulphur added at bottling).
Bottled: 9th October 2019.
Analysis: Alc 12% vol.
Production: 160 cases.
Cellaring Potential: 4-6 years.