Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2013
Saturated purple black. Quite meaty and savoury on the nose with violets and the most subtle suggestion of chocolate, and initially meaty and savoury in the mouth with a harmonious smattering of pepper and concentrated dark berry fruit that shimmers without taking a leading role. Then, as the wine traverses the palate, there's a little bit of tar, a little bit of leather, a little bit of pencil and even more pepper together with chicory. This striking wine envelopes the mouth with its firm structure while the magnificent aftertaste leaves behind a memory of vinous sweetness but of course the wine is completely dry. The star of the evening and after tasting you realise why the overseas critics who have just visited are simply raving about Hawkes Bay Syrah.