Squawking Magpie SQM is a super premium label from the Gimblett Gravels. Highly rated, from one of Hawkes' Bay's best vintages. Perfectly cellared at the winery, these will cellar for many more years. These wines rank alongside the very best from Hawkes Bay.
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"Dense, dark purple colour. Initially complex and brooding, this wine comes alive with gentle aeration. Aromas of dark roasted fruit and spice evolve with air to violet, rose, dried herb, liquorice and black plum. Rich and suave on the palate with a wealth of warm, gently spiced fruit flavours. The wine has the fell of liquid silk as the tannins melt on the palate. A fine acidity carries the flavours and gives balance, structure and length on the finish."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2013 Vintage)
"Dense, powerful Syrah with red-fleshed plum, raspberry, new leather, liquorice, black pepper and spicy oak flavours. An heroic red, with a firm structure of ripe tannins that are smothered by fruit and alcohol sweetness to make the wine accessible but give it good cellaring potential."
5 Stars & 19/20 (95) Raymond Chan, July 2015 (2013 Vintage)
"Very full, deep, impenetrable black-hued purple-red, youthful in appearance. This has a firm, tightly packed, dense nose of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit entwined with layers of cracked black pepper, lifted by violet and black floral elements. Some iron-earth nuances add complexing detail and interest, and the aromatics are expressed with clarity. Fullish-bodied, the palate features a deep, rich core of blackberry fruit melded with black pepper. Layers of spice and florality enrich and lift the fruit which is encased by very fine-grained tannins. The palate has density, depth and grip, as well as linearity, and the powdery tannin textures carry the wine to an elegantly proportioned, spicy finish. This is a rich, concentrated black-fruited Syrah with black pepper and floral lift, encased by flowery tannins and linear structure. Serve with game meat dishes and Middle Eastern inspired fare over the next 10+ years. A barrel selection, being a blend of 97.5% Syrah and 2.5% Merlot, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 20% new French oak. 3,038 bottles made."