Read Decanter's tasting notes for Stonecroft, Reserve, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013 made by New Zealand Syrah's founding father Allan Limmer.
Stonecroft, Reserve, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay 2013
Decanter average score: 18.75/20pts
Stonecroft founder, Allan Limmer was the founding father of Syrah in New Zealand after establishing the country’s first commercial vineyard in 1982, so it is fitting that a Stonecroft wine won an Outstanding rating here. Limmer was also an early pioneer and tireless promoter of the Gimblett Gravels sub-region. He has retired now but new owners Dermot McCollum and Andria Monin continue a tradition of making high-quality, hand-crafted wines from the winery’s excellent vineyard site. Old vines certainly made a contribution, with 25% from the original vineyard planted in 1983 and the balance from another planted in 1992.
Melanie Brown 18.5 Bright, aromatic fruits and bubblegum notes coming through: dark, spicy and rich. Enticing silky texture and wonderful balance; charming.
Christine Parkinson 18.5 Liquorice, truffle and cola along with cherry and blackcurrant fruit. The palate is layered and creamy with plenty of oak, but the fruit shines through. Juicy, generous, suave and sophisticated.
Philip Tuck MW 19 Attractive lift and extract with pure, spicy black fruit and oak. There is a generosity allied to excellent palate structure that is impressive.
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