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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  • Deep red with vibrant purple hues. Complex brooding Syrah aromatics of boysenberry, blackpepper, camphor and garrigue herbs. The palate is all about finesse with dark fruit richness beautifully integrated with fine tannins and acidity to give a finish which is long and dry.

  • Warm and dry, excellent

    Brix:   23.9 average 
    Production level: 55 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 100%

  • Whole bunch:  0%    
    Destemmed:  100%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Open top French oak cuves
    Fermentation:    Inoculated
    Barrel type:    Combination of open top French oak cuves and open stainless steel tanks
    New barrel %:   32%   
    Maturation:  18 months  
    Fining:    No 
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Feb-15


    Alcohol:    13.1
    Residual sugar:    Nil  
    pH:    3.61
    Acidity:    5.8g/l