2018 Element Gimblett Gravels Syrah

2018 Element Gimblett Gravels Syrah

90 Points Richard Caro
2018 Element Gimblett Gravels Syrah
90 Points Richard Caro

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A superb Syrah from the smallest vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels. After making their first release in 2015, this label from a small family grower has already made its mark as delivering exceptional quality and authenticity. With gently ripe red fruits and subtle spice, this beautifully typical and complete Syrah is also the bearer of real elegance and sophistication. Great quality for the price, Element is a must-try for Hawkes Bay Syrah lovers.

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$30.99 in mixed 6+ or $34.99 per bottle




Its Origins

Element is a new and very stylish boutique range that is grown on the Gimblett Gravels of Hawkes Bay. "Element Wines is the label of Dominic and Rachelle Smith who own a 4.2 ha site on Mere Road in the Gimblett Gravels with 2.66 ha of vines. They have Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier, the first vines planted in 2004. Their intention is to make wines that showcase varietal purity. The Smiths are hands-on with all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking, and employ open top fermenters and basket presses at a local winemaking facility. The wines from the 2015 vintage [were] their first commercial releases." Raymond Chan

What The Critics Say

90/100 Andrew Caillard MW (2017 vintage)

"Medium deep colour, Classic raspberry, blackberry aromas with lifted black pepper notes. Fresh flavourful wine with plenty of raspberry, blackberry fruits, fine dense chalky tannins and plentiful peppery notes. Builds up sappy and raspingly firm. Exuberant and great drinking but rustic structure not for the long term."

93/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie (2016 vintage)

"Slippery red of spice and savouriness, red berry-red cherry fruit characters, fine kind of feel, silky and juicy at once. Good concentration of flavour but length too. Firm, chewy finish is the goods too. Serious syrah here. Worthy."

Excellent to Outstanding Otago Daily Times (2016 vintage)

Savoury notes, blood, iron filings, pepper with almost violetty florality. Supple, textural entry leads to a chewy, grainy mid-palate, with raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry along with earth and licorice, the savoury undercurrent coursing through the wine. Power without heaviness, complexity, the tannins subside, the acidity lends vibrancy, with a juicy, lip-smacking long dry finish. Fascinating.

Stats & Food Matching

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  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

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  • Maturity

    2020 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with BEEF
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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