Vidal Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2012
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Awards / Reviews
Vidal Winery of the Year 2013 – Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Awards 2013
This deeply coloured Syrah from the renowned Gimblett Gravels expresses aromas of dark red fruits, black pepper, spice and florals. Showing good fruit intensity, depth of flavour and length this wine is well balanced and supported by fine approachable tannins
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
Fruit for this wine was sourced from our Omahu Gravels (87%) and Twyford Gravels (13%) Vineyards situated in the heart of the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels grape growing district. Gimblett Gravels soils are made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel with varying degrees of silt and sand. Naturally free draining and low vigour soils, meticulous vineyard management and the 2012 vintage produced grapes with intense varietal character, depth and clarity of flavour. These very low yields by international standards allowed the easier ripening of the grapes and assisted in the concentration of flavours in what was a cooler year than normal.
Grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in small individual batches. During ferment the must was gently hand-plunged and pumped over the skins to extract desirable tannin, flavour and colour. The wine was then pressed off and run to barrel where it completed malolactic fermentation over the spring period. After resting in French oak for 18 months, the wine was lightly egg fined, naturally settled and filtered before being bottled.
After a day on the mountain with family and friends there is nothing better than relaxing around an open fire, enjoying slow cooked Beef Bourguignon with this flavoursome but
finely styled Syrah.
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- Hawkes Bay
- New Zealand