Thursday, 11 May 2017


Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Viognier 2016 Hawke's Bay
A fragrant and engaging bouquet with aromas of yellow flowers, yellow and white peach, a lemon and honey layer then soft oak and very mild wood layer. On the palate - gentle creamy texture then flavours of yellow and white peach, yellow flowers and fragrant spices; medium acidity and moderate finish with plenty of length. A charming example. Drink now and through 2020.
89 Points

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels 'Undressed' Syrah 2015 Hawke's Bay (Preservative Free)
Very forward, fruity and engaging bouquet with aromas of crushed dark red fruits, black currant and black currant leaf, black tea, aged meats and freshly ground pepper and barrel spice. On the palate - equally engaging though in a different way - the textures and fruit intensity seems quite raw and youthful still; flavours of dark berries and currants return, firm youthful tannins and plenty of acidity, no mistaking the oak; decent finish. A wine that could easily stand a few more years in cellar based on the shear intensity overall. Recommend decanting and drink now through to 2024.
89 Points

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels 'Serine' Syrah 2015 Hawke's Bay 
Very engaging bouquet of violets and fresh berries, sweet meat and scents of toasty oak. On the palate - dry, fleshy, loads of texture and youthful grip; moderate tannin grip with silky textures, medium+ acidity, flavours of dark berries, meat and some new leather; very nice wine with attention to detail and complexity. Drink now if decanted or through 2026.
93 Points

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah 2015 Hawke's Bay 
Intense yet reserved, varietal and ripe, soft pepper spices, no mistaking the oak - yet not overdone, complex and intriguing bouquet. On the palate - a tense, youthful and dry wine packed with flavour and complexity, youthful and poise. Dark berry fruit flavours, toasty and spicy oak, plenty of acidity and tannins to match, long finish, just beginning to unfold. One to watch, one to cellar.
95 Points

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