Vidal Reserve Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah 2017, Vidal
New Zealand / Hawkes Bay
Andy's Tasting Notes
If you love good Crozes Hernitage but not the price – try this as an attractive alternative.
There is a touch of the Northern Rhone about this fragrant Syrah, with classic aromas and flavours of dark red fruits, black pepper, spice and violet. An unusually elegant new world version with good tannin balance and crisp acidity.
Winemaker notes – Fruit for this wine was grown in our Omahu Gravels (61%) and Twyford Gravels (39%) vineyards situated in the heart of the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels grape-growing district. Gimblett Gravels soils are made up of relatively recent alluvial deposits of gravel and varying degrees of silt and sand. Naturally free draining and low vigour soils, meticulous vineyard management and the warm 2016 growing season produced grapes with intense varietal character, depth and clarity of flavour. Naturally low yields and green harvesting has resulted in good fruit concentration and richness, balanced with fresh natural acidity, typical of our region and wines. Individual vineyard parcels were harvested, destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented as small batches, mainly in open top fermenters. During ferment, the batches were gently hand plunged and pumped over the skins to extract desirable tannin, flavour and colour. The wines were then pressed off and run to French oak barrels where they completed malolactic fermenation over spring. After resting in barrel for 20 months (27% new), the batches were lightly fined, naturally settled, blended and filtered before bottling in January 2018.
Price per bottle £13.25
Hugh Crichton became Vidal winemaker in 2006, having worked with the Vidal winemaking team in various capacities since 2004. Prior to joining Vidal, Hugh had established a solid winemaking career both in New Zealand and overseas, working vintages at Chateau Soutard Grande Cru Classe in Saint Emilion France, Chard Farm in Central Otago, Donnafugata in Italy and several at Millton Vineyards in Gisborne where his inspiration for environmentally conscious and organic winemaking and viticulture was fostered. Hugh’s winemaking philosophy focuses on minimal intervention from vineyard site to bottle. The result is a collection of award winning and highly acclaimed wines which are true to their roots and exhibit the perfect combination of balance, concentration and complexity.
The Vidal winery is situated on the original site in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, which was purchased by its founder Anthony Joseph Vidal back in 1905. The winery itself is a combination of old and new. Modern state-of-the-art technology is used in conjunction with traditional winemaking techniques and some original elements of the building are used for Chardonnay fermentation and maturation.
Vidal is dedicated to environmentally friendly winemaking and sustainable winegrowing practices. This mindset allows Vidal to contribute to New Zealand’s “clean, green” image and increase quality assurance from vineyard through to the finished wine. Vidal was a founding member of the Living Wine group, a small group of wineries who gained ISO 14001 certification in 1998, having achieved a globally recognised standard in environmental management systems. The winery is a member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) and BioGro certified, meaning it is accredited to process grapes grown using organic principles.
Food matchGrilled lamb with herbs