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Serious, dry reds - SYRAH, Vidal. Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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2016 Now finished: SYRAH, Vidal. Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Bin: 530
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: Gimblett Gravels is the key area within Hawkes Bay, which is on the east coast of north Island and is NZ's only region with a serious track record for making good red wine that isn't Pinot Noir.
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah, matured in oak (only 20% new wood) for 15 months.
Producer: Part of the Villa Maria group - see review below.
Old Bridge Rating: Peppery, lively and fresh – a very good example of cool climate style Syrah; much more Crozes Hermitage than Shiraz.
Press Reviews: Jancis Robinson's "Wine of the Week" on 3rd February 2017 was the previous vintage of this wine -
"I was struck by the value offered by Vidal Reserve Syrah 2014 Gimblett Gravels. It can be found for a relative song in New Zealand – even if it costs rather more by the time it reaches export markets (and much, much more in China for some reason).
Vidal is one of four brands now controlled by the large independent wine company Villa Maria, one of New Zealand's biggest, the other wine labels being Esk Valley, Villa Maria and, since 2012 when they acquired this superior estate, Te Awa.
The group has several sites in Gimblett Gravels – indeed 40% of all grapes grown on the Gimblett Gravels goes into wines produced by the Villa Maria group – but each brand has its own vineyard blocks. The sites vary in how much silt loam is above the gravel, with the siltier vineyards giving more perfume and the gravelly ones resulting in the more tannic wines.
The Vidal winemaker is Hugh Crichton and he..... is apparently so fully wedded to the fortunes of Vidal that he goes off selling to export markets himself. Overseeing the entire Villa Maria group's North Island range from a winemaking point of view is Nick Picone, who took over from Alastair Maling MW in 2015.
This Vidal wine was grown on the Omahu Gravels vineyard where the vines - clones MS, Pask and Waldron - are 16 to 18 years old......I much enjoyed its sweet, vibrant, leathery nose with some balsam and lots of savour and interest. The tannins seemed carefully worked and subordinate to the appetising New World Syrah fruit that, while satisfyingly ripe, is not at all confected or forced. The wine is just 13.5% alcohol and is an admirably serious wine (not to be confused with the more ambitious, expensive and long-term barrel selection known as Vidal Legacy Syrah 2014)."

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