Le Sol
Le sol translated from French means ‘the soil’, appropriate when one considers the significant impact the stony soils of our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard have on our wine called
"Le Sol".

These soils keep the growth and crop of these old clone Syrah vines in check and provide warmth in the autumn, all critical factors in developing the enormous character and presence this wine has.

Traditionally made with heady aromas and a luscious yet classical texture. "Le Sol" is all at once elegant and exuberant – and in a very short time it has shown the breeding of Syrah in the Gimblett Gravels.

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Drinking well now, but will improve
Drinking well now,
but will improve
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Drinking at its peak
Drinking at its peak
  • Tasting Notes

  • Vintage Details

  • Winemaking

  • Reviews

  • Deep and dark with purple hues. Aromas of sweet blackberries are complemented by subtle hints of bark, cocoa and freshly cracked black pepper. On the palate an elegant core of black fruits is layered with dusty, dry tannin and refreshing acidity.

  • Warm, La Nina Summer

    Brix:   23.7 average 
    Production level: 62 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 100%

  • Whole bunch:  0% 
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Combination of open top oak cuves and stainless steel tanks
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques
    New barrel %:   35%   
    Maturation:  18 months  
    Fining:    No
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Feb-13


    Alcohol:    13
    Residual sugar:    Nil  
    pH:    3.68
    Acidity: 5.50g/l

  • Date: October 2014
    Publication: www.jamessuckling.com
    96 Points
    “The big-statement Syrah from Craggy Range has a very attractive, pristine, pure nose on the red-fruit spectrum. Cloaked in pepper and spice, there's a dark, stony thread and a musky fragrance that is bolstered by fresh new oak. The palate has deep-driving shape; tannins layer up in smooth, sheet-like form, carrying dark- and red-fruit flavors deep and even. Finshes with sappy freshness. Drink now”
    - Nick Stock/ James Suckling

    Date: October 2013
    Publication: Winestate
    5 Stars – 3rd Place, World’s Greatest Syrah/Shiraz Challenge
    “ A medium density style, with an amazingly vivid colour. Lovely chocolaty characters are layered with spicy elements. Soft and flavoursome in the mouth with some nice nutty oak.”

    Date: June 2013
    Publication: Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
    5 Stars, 19.5 Points
    “Very dark, near saturated black-hued purple-ruby colour. The bouquet is intricately aromatic with penetrating perfumes of violets and dark red florals entwined with rich, ripe black fruits and black pepper, revealing exotic spices and oak toast. This is a superbly concentrated and vibrant Syrah with exotic and fragrant fruit and finesse."
    - Raymond Chan
    Date: May 2013
    Publication: Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews
    5 Stars, 18.5 Points
    “This has to be the subtlest, most feminine and most Cote Rotie-like Le Sol so far. Yet it is not a small wine, the saturation of fruit on palate is comparable exactly with the Aroha and like that wine it is simply beautiful."
    - Geoff Kelly
    Date: July 2013
    Publication: Michael Cooper Wine Reviews
    5 Stars
    “This famous Syrah originally pushed the boundaries in terms of its majestic power and depth but has recently impressed with its lovely fragrance and finesse. Deeply coloured it has a highly fragrant, spicy bouquet, fresh and clearly varietal. Full bodied, it is vibrantly fruity with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and black peppers that build to a powerful finish. Framed by ripe, supple tannins, it's a youthful, very graceful and harmonious wine."
    - Michael Cooper

    Date: June 2013
    Publication: Vino
    "'The soil' is the literal translation to English from the French 'Le Sol' - the name of this outstandingly impressive big Syrah from Hawke's Bay. It's a big current in the new wave of New Zealand reds and made from Syrah grapes grown in Hawke's Bay's Gimblett Gravels where the heat suits Syrah, enhancing its massive dark black and purple colour, taste and firm tannic structure. While it's impressive now, this red will come into its own once it has had a couple of years' rest in the bottle."
    - Joelle Thomson