Craggy Range Le Sol 2018 750ml
Intensively hand managed, the grapes reveal a deep and dark Syrah with purple hues. Le Sol is always aromatically pure with a luscious yet elegant mid-palate and a distinctive fine tannin finish. Le Sol (french: the soil) is born of the renowned Gimblett Gravels viticultural appellation with its gravelly soils attracting the sun in summer and insulating the vines in winter. The vines are planted in the stoniest parts of the vineyard to a heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand in the 1840s.
Inky purple red. Enticing aromatics of boysenberry, blueberry, violets, clove and lightly seared meat. The wine exhibits a richness of fruit yet carries an ethereal quality as the fine grained tannins dance gracefully across the palate.
FOOD MATCH - New Zealand lamb
RECOMMENDED CELLARING - 10 - 15 years from vintage
VINTAGE DETAILS - El Niño. Cool and wet start with a warm finish to summer.
BRIX - 22.9 average
PRODUCTION LEVEL - 41 hl/ha average
HAND HARVESTED - 100%
WINEMAKING DESTEMMED - 80%
FERMENTATION VESSEL - Open top French oak cuves
FERMENTATION - Inoculated
BARREL TYPE - French oak barriques, 35% new