Stonecroft has the oldest Zinfandel vines in New Zealand. The vines were planted in 1993 and originated from Ravenswood in California. Hawke’s Bay is a relatively cool climate, so our Zinfandel is a medium bodied wine. We have just a few rows of Zinfandel at our Roy’s Hill Vineyard.
Colour: A medium ruby red colour.
Aromatics: Raspberry, redcurrant and vanilla.
Palate: Our Zinfandel is a medium bodied red with a fruity bouquet and flavours of raspberry, rhubarb and cranberry, together with coconut on the finish and soft tannins. The fruit is handpicked from just a few rows in our Roy’s Hill Vineyard. Matured for 17 months in American oak barrels (30% new). Suitable for vegans.
Region: Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District®, Hawke’s Bay.
Vineyard: Roy’s Hill.
Harvest: Hand harvested 5th 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 seasoned American oak barrels for 16 months.
Bottled: 16th October 2020
Analysis: Alc 12.5% vol.
Cellaring Potential: 3-5 years.
93 points. Known as Primitivo in Italy and Crljenak kaštelanski in Croatia - Zinfandel is grown in California and New Zealand (among other countries).
This example has aromas of fresh cherries and boysenberries, crushed blackberries and black plums. There’s plenty of barrel smoke and wood aromas with vanilla and baked coconut scents. Very youthful, very inviting. On the palate - plush, fruity, youthful, tense and dry. Flavours mirror the nose with ripe fruits then a transition into slightly tarter expressions of the same - this would be classic in northern Californian versions as well - bringing greater palate expression and mouthfeel. Plenty of youthful acidity with moderate tannins. A fine example, warm, generous and tasty. Perfect alternative to Merlot and some Pinots Noir. Drink upon purchase and through 2025+.