2013 Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah Vidal Estate



Matthew Jukes describes Vidal’s Hugh Crichton as “one of the finest and most talented winemakers in the world… A quiet man, a great thinker, a peerless winemaker and a devastating palate this fellow has been fastidiously making some of the world’s most arresting wines at Vidal for a decade.”

 

He goes on to say: “Every year, the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association sends me the finest twelve wines of the year in order to give me an overview of the vintage – and it looks like a classic already. This year the 2013 Vidal Legacy Syrah and 2013 Vidal Legacy Cabernet Merlot were the top two wines. The standout Chardonnay at this year’s New Zealand Wine Annual tasting was 2014 Vidal Legacy Chardonnay… As you can see, the Vidal Legacy range is nothing short of spectacular and this is wholly down to Hugh.”

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Average critic rating : 96.17 points

97

97

Interesting: from estate vineyards in Omahu Gravels and Twyford Gravels, subsets of Gimblett; 20 months in French barriques (10 barriques made). It has a juicy lightness of foot first up, then more and more secrets are progressively revealed, in particular superb tannin structure, length and integrity. Dec 2015

16.5

16.5

20 months in French oak (40% new). Hand picked on 14 and 15 April. The 'Vidal' has sprouted an 'Anthony Joseph' in front of it. Dark crimson. Ripe and savoury at the same time. Some sweetness, as though fashioned from candied leather. Round and ripe. It could do with just a little more freshness. Oct 2015, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2016-2026

96

96

Slick, classy Syrah with a seamless, silky texture and typical varietal flavours of plum and dark berry, violet notes, star anise and spicy French oak. Sep 2015, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2015-2028

98

98

This is spectacularly good. Awesome fruit concentration and wonderful purity. Aromas of black/blueberry, cherry, clove, nutmeg and a whiff of white pepper on the nose. It is concentrated and powerful, yet refined and perfectly poised for gradual development. An astonishing rendition of the variety. Jun 2015, www.wineorbit.co.nz, www. Drink: 2018 to 2033

19.5

19.5

Full, very dark, purple-hued black-ruby colour. This has a rich and full nose with blossoming layers of sweetly ripe blackberry and black plum aromas, harmoniously melded with black pepper, Asian spices and violet and black florals, along with integrated spicy, cedary and toasty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features densely packed and harmoniously entwined, opulent and decadent flavours of ripe blackberry fruits, plums and liquorice, unfolding waves of black pepper, chocolate and cedary oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft-textured, quite complete in expression, with seamless, underlying tannins and structure that builds in presence. The sweet fruit and oak flavours prevail and flow effortlessly to a sustained finish with spices, cedar and considerable depth and presence. This is a very rich, decadent and densely packed, complete Syrah with ripe black berr and plum fruits, and layers of spice and cedary flavours. Match with Middle Eastern fare, and lamb, beef and venison over the next 10-12 years. 100% Syrah from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and ‘Twyford Gravels’ vineyards, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 40% new French oak. Oct 2015, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

97

97

Selected as one of top 12, 2013 Gimblett Gravels red.

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