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Le Sol Syrah, Craggy Range 2019

RegionNew Zealand
Subregion New Zealand > Hawkes Bay
Grape VarietySyrah

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Tasting Notes

There's plenty of underlying power and ripe fruit here, but the 2019 Le Sol maintains its elegance and perfume. It’s a polished Syrah with excellent clarity, offering pure black and blue fruit as well as savory layers of smoky bacon, sandalwood and restrained pepper spice. A whopping 60% whole bunch contributes to the lifted aromas as well as the tannic tension on the long-drawn-out finish. A cracking effort - potentially the best that's come out of the winery in the past decade – that will reward cellaring for a decade or more. If you're drinking young, give it a decant. This the first vintage for Australian winemaker Julian Grounds, and the oak use seems more judicious, but there's always room for improvement and we'll be sure to see sensitive, not showy, wines from Craggy in the coming vintages. 2023-2032

Rebecca Gibb MW, vinous.com, March 2021

Deep ruby with a tinge of purple in the glass. Powerfully aromatic, full of ripe blackberry and black pepper. The palate is bright yet ripe, the core bursting forth with red cherry and darker forest fruits. The peppery note remains together with hints of rosemary and star anise. Precise and refined, crunchy tannins offer measured structure that is in harmony with the fruit. Pure and fine through to a long finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, July 2021
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