Bestowed with 'Classic NZ Wine' status, this distinguished wine exudes blackcurrant and black pepper flavours, complemented with fine oak seasoning, dark chocolate, and licorice notes. Beautifully poised, it is supple, rich and complex.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"This superb Syrah, from an exceptional vintage, brims with intense flavour and complexity. Displaying flavours of luscious boysenberry, white pepper spice and liquorice, on a beautifully integrated and refined palate. Eminently drinkable now, it will also greatly reward cellaring for longer term enjoyment.
The grapes for this distinguished wine were grown exclusively in our highly regarded Mere Road Vineyard in the celebrated Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District of Hawkes Bay. Elspeth represents our top tier of wines produced from our own vineyards in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2021 (2018 Vintage)
"Complex and enticing with blackberry, vanillin oak, violet and toasted spice notes, it's concentrated and generous with fleshy texture and plenty of fine-grained tannins. Beautifully layered with ripe fruit intensity and spicy/savoury nuances, it's engaging and deliciously long. At its best: now to 2030."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"In top vintages, this is one of Hawke's Bay's best Syrahs. The 2018 was matured in French oak casks (33 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and supple, with good but not great concentration of blackcurrant, plum and black pepper flavours, smooth and harmonious."