2018 Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from exceptional Hawkes Bay sites – the Gimblett Gravels district for red wines, and the Riverview district for Chardonnay. The fruit is hand-picked and only under the Elspeth label when of exceptional quality. Our winemaking team shares the philosophy of a hands-on, no-expense-spared approach to produce these fine award-winning wines. The range is limited to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux style reds. The Elspeth tier is named in honour and memory of the original winemaker’s grandmother, Elspeth Preston.

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Tasting Notes

This superb Syrah, from an exceptional vintage, brims with intense flavour and complexity. Displaying flavours of luscious boysenberry, white pepper spice and liquorice, on a beautifully integrated and refined palate. Eminently drinkable now, it will also greatly reward cellaring for longer term enjoyment.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

The grapes for this distinguished wine were grown exclusively in our highly regarded Mere Road Vineyard in the celebrated Gimblett Gravels district of Hawkes Bay.

Hand-harvested on 27th March 2018, the grapes were destemmed, retaining whole berries, which were cold soaked for 3 days prior to fermentation. Fermentation proceeded (40% wild) in French integrale barrels, rotated twice daily, and 60% with a selected yeast in an open top fermenter plunged twice daily. Post fermentation, the wines remained on skins for a 9 day alcohol soak, to add structure and refine tannins, before being pressed off and transferred to barrel for 17 months aging in quality French hogsheads (33% new). This superior wine is unfined, and only coarse filtered, retaining its natural complexities and opulence, before bottling on 19 September 2020 under Stelvin screwcap.

Leveret and Mills Reef Winery

Leveret & Mills Reef Winery

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The Wine Portfolio – Auckland Office

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