Gimblett Gravels Vineyard is comprised of 250 acres of red and white Bordeaux varieties, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The stony soils there keep growth and cropping of the old clone Syrah vines in check and provide warmth in the autumn and winter. This heritage clone was brough to New Zealand in the 1840s. Both are critical factors in developing the enormous character and presence of this wine.

These grapes were hand harvested. 80% of the grapes were destemmed , 20% left in whole clusters, before undergoing fermentation in open-top French oak vessels and stainless steel tanks. The juice is then innoculated and aged in 35% new french oak barrels for 17 months.

Tasting Note

In color, this Syrah is a deep, inky red with a vibrant purple hue. Enticing aromatics of boysenberry, blueberry, violets, clove and lightly seared meat. This wine exhibits a real richness of fruit yet carries an ethereal quality. The fine grained tannins dance gracefully across the palate. Can be cellared for 10 to 15 years.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs best with wild game dishes.

Unique Selling Points
  • Like southern Rhône vineyards, Gimblett Gravels is covered by stones that absorb the day's heat to radiate it at night, promoting exceptional ripeness.
  • Shows alluring, Rhône-style aromas and flavors of blue and black fruits, exotic spices and black pepper.
  • Red wines from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard have a rich, ripe and elegant style, and fine tannins.
  • Le Sol is Wine Advocate’s highest scoring New Zealand wine and its only New Zealand wine to be rated over 95 points.

About the Grape

Syrah has seductively dense, rich, chewy black berry aromas and flavors, with notes of tar, wood smoke, bacon, leather, chocolate, and sometimes violets. The tannins are firm yet elegant.
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