Le Sol
Craggy Range Syrah Le Sol (French: the soil) is born of the renowned Gimblett Gravels viticultural appellation. The importance of the soil in the creation of this wine and the respect for the Rhone Valley were the leading elements for defining its name.

Gimblett Gravels is a designation encompassing a centuries old dried river bed in Hawke’s Bay that is believed to be the first in the New World where the ultimate boundary is defined by a distinct soil type. The vines are planted in the stoniest parts of the vineyard to a heritage clone of Syrah brought to New Zealand in the 1840s. Representative of the Rhone valley, the gravel soils attract the sun in the summer and insulate in the winter to produce grapes that are rich, ripe and exuberant.

Intensively hand managed, the grapes reveal a deep and dark Syrah with purple hues which represents the very best of the style for that year. Le Sol is always aromatically pure with a luscious yet elegant mid-palate and a distinctive fine tannin finish we call ‘Gimblett dust’.

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  • Tasting Notes

  • Vintage Details

  • Winemaking

  • Reviews

  • Deepest red with vibrant purple hue. Expressive cool climate Syrah with lifted notes of violets, fresh boysenberries, sandalwood and a hint of dried, peppered meat. The palate has a dense core of dark fruits beautifully integrated by acidity and fine, dusty tannins giving the wine a long, elegant feel towards the dry finish.

  • Warm and dry, excellent

    Brix:   23.9 average 
    Production level: 51 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 100%

  • Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Combination of open top French oak cuves and open top stainless steel tanks
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    French oak barriques 
    New barrel %:   35%   
    Maturation:  18 months  
    Fining:    No 
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Feb-16


    Alcohol:    14.2
    Residual sugar:    Nil  
    pH:    3.781
    Acidity:    5.8g/l  

  • Date: May 2016 
    Publication: wineorbit.co.nz
    99 Points, 5 Stars
    "From an outstanding vintage this 100% Syrah from their Gimblett Gravels vineyard is formidable and completely delicious, combining fruit power and stylish elegance. Aromas of Black Doris plum, mixed spice, cedar, black olive and floral on the nose. It is concentrated and dense, yet silky and flowing, offering impressive fruit richness and texture, leading to an extremely long finish. The wine is firmly structured by sturdy tannins, ensuring its gradual development." - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 

    Date: May 2016 
    Publication: bobcampbell.co.nz  
    97 Points, 5 Stars
    "Deeply scented Syrah with plum, dark berry, chocolate, liquorice, coffee, mocha, black pepper and subtle violet flavours. A vibrant, high energy wine that's delicious to drink now but promises to deliver much more with bottle age." - Bob Campbell, MW

    Date: May 2016
    Publication: The Wine Front
    95+ Points
    "Tight, intense, coiled Syrah. Pepper and woodsmoke to the gills and boasting an appropriate complement of concentrated black berried fruit too. Nutty. Smoky. A touch of animale. Bold, particularly in a regional context. A wide, dominating sweep of tannin. This is a wine with a 1000 mile stare; it has the long term on its mind. It's not hard to be enamoured." - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front